Sweetkitty, is your niece on some kind of zero hours contract? I think those things are astonishing. If someone wants you to be ready to work and available to work they should ruddy well provide work and pay for it.
My neice (who left school at 16 never worked for 2 years) anyway at 18 SIL marched her to the JobCentre, she was placed on workfare for 8 weeks and got kept on, but she doesn't have regular hours, one week she worked for 4 hours. She's on £5 an hour too (how I don't know). She's off the unemployment figures but luckily my SIL bank rolls her big how many people have rent and bills to pay and have irregular hours week to week?
New report from Joseph Rowntree Foundation finds poverty is not caused by people being 'feckless' as the government often implies (or says outright). Instead, it is caused 'in the main by people moving in and out of jobs, and an underemployed workforce'. (Yet labour market flexibility is always touted as a good thing by the government and big business...)
Rowntree - an independent research body - says: "The report shows the close links between the two and insecure work and found:
"6.1 million people are in working households in poverty. Excluding pensioners, this is higher than the 5.1 million people in workless households in poverty.
"Underemployment, the number of people lacking the paid work they want, stands at 6.5 million. The number working part-time but wanting full-time work is now 1.4 million, up by 500,000 since 2009. A willingness among workers to do fewer hours is keeping unemployment in check.
"4.4 million jobs pay less than £7 per hour. Low paid work is common among hotels and restaurants, IT, finance and services, and wholesale, retail and transport jobs."