Wales' most innovative and influential think tank

Connect: Twitter Facebook LinkedIn YouTubeTel: 01685 350938

Fair work in the foundational economy – key data

April 29th 2021

The foundational economy is a large and important part of the economy. However this analysis of key data shows that many jobs in it are poor quality.

The foundational economy is a large and important part of the whole economy. It comprises ‘the goods and services which are the social and material infrastructure of civilised life because they provide daily essentials for all households’.

This report – written by Prof Anne Green and Prof Paul Sissons for the Bevan Foundation – analyses data on the retail, accommodation and food services, and social care sectors in Wales. It reveals that these sectors are characterised by quite pronounced job quality challenges:

  • a wide prevalence of comparatively low pay – in retail, accommodation, food & drink service and residential care, a majority of workers do not earn a Real Living Wage;
  • above average rates of part-time working;
  • above average use of zero-hours contracts;
  • low rates of in-work training in retail, food and drink service and accommodation; • some underutilisation of staff and relatively few workplaces with high performance working practices;
  • below average trades union membership in retail, but average average in health and social work;
  • a strong gender and age dimension to employment.

Report format: PDF

Language: English

Pages: 17

Cost:  Free

Download

In Print

Exchange Magazine »

Exchange 17: Autumn 2020

Wales’ best policy and politics magazine! This bumper issue reflects on the impact of Coronavirus on Wales’ economy and society, and highlights some ways forward to recover, renew and reset Wales in its aftermath. This issue includes articles by: Darren […] »

Events »

Friday Connect: May 2021

We warmly invite you to our latest informal discussion – Friday Connect Many of us feel we have too many online meetings, but they can also be a great way of connecting with others especially when we can’t meet in […] »