Poverty and inequality: the role of working hours

(Implications of hours worked for inequality and poverty)

Fraser of Allander Institute, University of Strathclyde

June 2021

Discussion and analysis of earnings inequality and in-work poverty often focusses on hourly wages. But the number of hours that workers spend doing paid work each week also has a big influence on earnings and household incomes. This report examines patterns and trends in weekly hours worked in the UK over the past two decades. It considers the factors that influence those trends, and examines the role that hours worked play in influencing inequality and poverty. It also considers what role policy can and should play in shaping patterns of working hours.

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