Implications of hours worked for inequality and poverty

Hours worked play a significant role in determining earnings inequality among those in-work, and can influence the likelihood that working households find themselves in poverty. The security and regularity of hours also influence financial security and wellbeing.

Earlier in 2020, we embarked on a new project that looks at how hours of work influence inequality and poverty. The aims of the project are to examine trends in hours worked, the factors determining those trends, how those trends influence poverty and inequality, and to make recommendations for policy.

The work is made possible by the support of the Standard Life Foundation, and is being delivered by the Fraser of Allander Institute and the Scottish Centre for Employment Research.

Today we publish findings from the project’s interim report, summarising our initial analysis of key data. The final report will be published in Spring 2021.


David is Senior Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the Fraser of Allander Institute



Picture of Graeme Roy, director of the Fraser of Allander Institute
Graeme Roy

Dean of External Engagement in the College of Social Sciences at Glasgow University and previously director of the Fraser of Allander Institute.

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Mark Mitchell

Mark Mitchell is a former research associate at the FAI. In 2021, Mark moved to a post in the Competition and Markets Authority. His research area is applied labour economics, focussing on the causes and effects of human capital accumulation over the lifecourse.

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The Fraser of Allander Institute together with the Scottish Centre for Employment Research are working on a project funded by the Standard Life Foundation to examine changing patterns of working hours and implications for poverty and inequality.