The Scottish Centre for Employment Research has been awarded funding from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to put together, in collaboration with employers, a toolkit for tackling in-work poverty.
This research seeks to understand and address the barriers faced by employers to offering jobs that combat poverty: good quality, secure jobs, paying at least the Living Wage, providing enough hours and opportunities for progression for all staff. We are also considering the value to employees of fringe benefits, salary sacrifice schemes, and employers’ active engagement with their workforce’s financial well-being.
We are working with a range of key stakeholders, including trade unions, industry bodies, Chambers of Commerce, and local and national government, with a focus on firms in the hospitality, retail, food production and facilities management sectors.
This research from Strathclyde Business School explores the responses of employers to in-work poverty and recommends ways that businesses might, and might be influenced to, make work a better route out of poverty.