Pay for people working in hotels, bars and restaurants is half the national average. But this can be hard, physical, sometimes dangerous work.
While average pay is still high, there appears to be a creeping two-tier system, with many employees on fixed-term, low-pay contracts doing routine work, writes researcher Alicja Bobek.
Far more construction workers today are self-employed than before the crash, which means they’re getting lower wages and fewer protections.
The low-wages and flexible hours in the hospitality sector are good for employers, but not for employees. It’s time the benefits were passed on, writes Alicja Bobek.