Almost two million Britons are trapped in low paying jobs due to high level of competition for the few quality flexible job roles available, according to a new study.
A report conducted by Timewise revealed that a lack of flexible work, rather than a lack of skills or ambition, was leaving 1.9 million people in the UK struggling to find higher paid and higher quality work.
The study also revealed that around 200,000 people are living in poverty despite having the right skills to earn more money due to the lack of flexibility in permanent positions and a high level of competition between contractors.
Funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the study concluded that there are 7.4 jobless people seeking well-paid flexible working positions, compared to just one jobless person seeking well-paid full time work.
Emma Stewart MBE, co-CEO of Timewise, argues that the research highlights an increasing need for flexible and temporary positions within the UK job market to help reduce poverty and boost quality of life for millions.
She added: “Flexible working, from the point of hire, needs to be part of the debate on how to raise living standards for the millions of UK households stuck in low pay, alongside tax credits and the National Living Wage."