The making of the ‘precariat’ – The Project

The making of the ‘precariat’: unemployment, insecurity and work-poor young adults in harsh economic conditions.

This is the website for the project ‘the making of the ‘precariat’: unemployment, insecurity and work-poor young adults in harsh economic conditions’. This is a one year project funded by the ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative: Phase 1. This research will explore unemployment, insecurity and work-poor young adults in harsh economic conditions in the UK using quantitative data from  three datasets; Understanding Society c2010, with two ‘historical’ datasets from the 1980s.

The central research question is: In what ways have the experiences of unemployed, insecure and vulnerable 18-25 year-olds changed between two key periods of economic instability in the UK? This will be done by mapping the nature and extent of unemployment and precarious or fragmented forms of work in the 1980s and c2010; developing an understanding of the ways in which positive and negative outcomes occur and are influenced by policy interventions occurring in both time periods.

The data will look at the 18-25 age group in the UK labour market  in two periods characterised by high youth unemployment and economic recessions. The study will enable us to develop an enhanced understanding of vulnerable, work-poor, young adults in order to provide new underpinnings for effective youth employment policies.

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