Working poor

In-work poverty


No longer 'managing': the rise of working poverty and fixing Britain's broken social settlement

This paper traces the emergence of a poorly understood social challenge and one which symbolises Britain’s broken ‘social settlement’ - the continued rise in working poverty since the beginning of this century.

Who wins and who pays? Rentier power and the Covid crisis

This analysis of recent UK economic support measures suggests that the crisis will exacerbate inequalities between the working poor and the asset-owning wealthy.

Time to care: unpaid and underpaid care work and the global inequality crisis

The extreme gap between rich and poor is undermining the fight against poverty, damaging economies around the globe and fuelling public anger and unrest, especially as climate related disasters become more commonplace. This research demonstrates the extent of the gap between rich and poor.

In-work poverty in New Zealand 2019

This report examines the prevalence of and characteristics associated with, in-work poverty in New Zealand.

This is what the lives of Big Issue sellers tell us about working and being homeless

There is a need for more co-ordinated and comprehensive policy responses to – and resources for – homelessness, entrenched disadvantaged and long-term unemployment, writes Jessica Gerrard.

Decent sustainable work for all Australians in a global economy

The ACTU’s insecure work inquiry should be welcomed by all interested in our long term prosperity, writes Michael Horn, from the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Living low paid

The Low Pay Project examines the effects of low pay on workers and their households. The first two reports from the project are based on interviews and focus groups with low paid workers earning less than $500 per week, $14 per hour or $26,700 per...