Fair employment and just labour markets

Challenge

The rise of in-work poverty and zero hour contracts coupled with the erosion of job security mean that the reality of employment for many in the UK is increasingly precarious.

Solution

Often the biggest employers in a place, the approach anchor institutions take to employment can have a defining effect on the prospects of local people.

Working with human resource departments within anchor institutions to stimulate the local economy through progressive employment and local labour market activities has proved a powerful tool to improve employment opportunities and workers rights by, for example:

  • promoting recruitment from lower income areas;
  • inclusive employment practices;
  • committing employers to the paying living wage;
  • building progression routes for employees.

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