Polling Low Paid Workers in Low Income Households – Survation for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation
For the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Survation interviewed 5,064 low income employees via online panel across the United Kingdom. All respondents were either part-time or full-time employees and lived in households earning below the Minimum Income Standard (MIS).
There were two broad aims to this polling. The first was to illuminate employer-provided policies and benefits – who receives these policies and which are most important to low income employees? The second aim was to take a broader look at low income employees’ experiences at work.
Full tables containing every question put and all demographic and work sector cross-breaks are available here (part one) and here (part two).
- 70% of low income employees rate in-work training highly on a scale of importance (between 7 and 10 on a scale of 0-10) but nearly a fifth (19%) do not receive any such training.
- 62% of low income employees rate flexible working as highly important (between 7 and 10) while four in ten say their employer does not offer flexible working.
- Part-time workers are less likely to have an employer that provides each of the benefits we presented to respondents, with the exception of flexible working.
- 31% of low income employees who work overtime are not paid for it.
- 45% of low income employees say there are no opportunities for promotion with their current employer.
- Less than 1 in 3 of low income employees always have enough money to cover household living costs.
- Around two thirds (66%) of low income employees are either satisfied or very satisfied with their relationship with their supervisor, line manager or boss.
- The majority (87%) of low income employees say they either have full or moderate control over how they perform their everyday tasks at work.
- 41% of low income employees went to work the last time they felt unwell.
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