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Moving in and out of in-work poverty in the UK: an analysis of transitions, trajectories and trigger events

Hick, Rod ORCID: and Lanau, Alba 2018. Moving in and out of in-work poverty in the UK: an analysis of transitions, trajectories and trigger events. Journal of Social Policy 47 (4) , pp. 661-682. 10.1017/S0047279418000028

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There is growing concern about the problem of in-work poverty in the UK. Despite this, the literature on in-work poverty remains small in comparison with that on low pay and, in particular, we know relatively little about how people move in and out of in-work poverty. This paper presents an analysis of in-work poverty transitions in the UK, and extends the literature in this field in a number of identified ways. The paper finds that that in-work poverty is more transitory than poverty amongst working-age adults more generally, and that the number of workers in the household is a particularly strong predictor of in-work poverty transitions. For most, in-work poverty is a temporary phenomenon, and most exits are by exiting poverty while remaining in work. However, our study finds that respondents who experience in-work poverty were three times more likely than non-poor workers to become workless, while one-quarter of respondents in workless, poor families who gained work entered in-work poverty. These findings demonstrate the limits to which work provides a route out of poverty, and points to the importance of trying to support positive transitions while minimising negative shocks faced by working poor families.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 0047-2794
Funders: Nuffield Foundation
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 March 2018
Date of Acceptance: 5 January 2018
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 03:24

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