Inside Jobs: The experience of low-paid homeworkers in Britain today

The impact of the pandemic has been felt across the world but, in the UK, low-paid workers have been particularly hard hit.

Working on the sofa

We recently announced that we will be moving to a hybrid working model over the coming months, with our colleagues working from home by default. To support this, all permanent colleagues have been offered an interest free loan of up to £10,000 to create a safe and healthy designated workspace in their home environment.

However, we're aware that many of our customers will not be offered the same, and so we decided to fund new research by Demos, Britain's leading cross-party think-tank, to understand the impacts of remote working on low paid workers in the UK. It will also look at the barriers faced by low-paid workers to being able to work from home.

By launching this research, we can better understand both the challenges and the opportunities we have to address some of the inequalities created by the pandemic.  We hope that the report and its recommendations will create a pathway for not only the housing sector but employers across the country to respond to the new modern poverties around remote working.

Read the report here

Click here to read the report - Inside Jobs: The experience of low-paid homeworkers in Britain today

Watch our launch event

We shared our findings in a live event on Wednesday 8 December.

We were joined by:

  • Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the CIPD and Co-Chair of the Government’s Flexible Working Taskforce
  • James Prestwich, Director of Policy and External Affairs, Chartered Institute of Housing
  • Dave Lockerman, Customer Experience Director, Stonewater

The event was chaired by Maeve Thompson, Director of External Affairs for Demos.

Understanding the impacts of remote working from Nicholas Harris, Chief Executive

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"The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted deep-seated poverties across the globe. From dramatic falls in employment to increased food insecurity, the past 18 months have not only emphasised existing inequalities but have created wider poverties which touch us in new ways."

Read here

Exploring homeworking and income inequalities podcast

Our podcast episode discusses the research proposal and potential impact with David Lockerman (Customer Experience Director, Stonewater), Rose Lasko-Skinner (Demos) and guest co-host David Button (Cavendish Advocacy).

Our video below brings to life our new research: Inside Jobs: The experience of low-paid homeworkers in Britain today by leading think-tank Demos to look at how the housing sector, government and society as a whole can respond to the issues faced by low-paid workers in a post-pandemic environment.

Hear from Dave Lockerman, our Customer Experience Director talking about our work, the impact of hybrid working and, understanding how to get that work-life balance.  

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