A truly stunning finding

Britain’s lowest-paid workers, women and young adults have jobs with the biggest health and economic risks during the coronavirus lockdown, according to a report into the uneven impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Those on the margins of the economy suffer most from shrinkage of the economy. The Resolution Foundation does know what “margin” means, does it?

26 thoughts on “A truly stunning finding”

  1. “The thinktank said key workers, such as nurses, teachers and care workers, typically earn less than employees further away from the centre of the crisis, with the bottom 30% of earners in Britain more than twice as likely to be in such jobs than the top 10%.”

    I know enough nurses and teachers to appreciate they are far from languishing among the bottom 30% of earners, let alone on the margins of society.

  2. I wonder if they will ever clock the impact that a socialist-driven shrinkage of the economy would have on those on the margins. I wonder if they will care if they do clock it.

  3. The Resolution Foundation has determined that life isn’t fair.

    Their mommies should have taught them that. State schools can’t do everything, fuchristsake.

  4. Since when were teachers “key workers” ? They’ve mostly been sent home bar a few retained as child minders.
    Last I looked teachers started on median wage, so they sure ain’t poor. I doubt nurses are either.

  5. Turns out van drivers and shelf stackers are the important ones, epidemiologists, economists and politicians may all be done without.

  6. Bernie,
    Ill bet they’re comparing part-time workers against average/median earnings.
    Worth investigating if anyone can be arsed.

  7. young adults have jobs with the biggest health and economic risks

    Captain Jack Sparrow might’ve observed but they do have jobs

    Is that the worst problem to have? It’s not exactly building skyscrapers in 1920’s New York with no safety equipment.

    Have I ever told you about my grandparents? Their first house was a single room where you could fry an egg, lie in bed, and answer the front door all at the same time. Shared an outdoor toilet with several other families. Grampa used to work a hard, dirty, exhausting shift at the furnace (in the days when PPE meant trying not to inhale too many toxic superheated fumes) and then punched other blokes in the face for money.

    Aren’t we lucky?

    Middle aged blokes are probably most at risk – more likely to kill themselves if they lose the job, the house, the wife and the kids. Young people usually have parents to fall back on, couches to crash, a future to look forward to. Mondeo Man has fuck all except society’s contempt.

    Anyway, The Guardian:

    UK’s lowest paid most at risk during Covid-19 crisis, report finds

    Also The Guardian:

    Let’s have unlimited immigration of unskilled workers forever lol

  8. “the bottom 30% of earners in Britain more than twice as likely to be in such jobs than the top 10%”. How many of the top 10% would you expect to be nurses and teachers? Meaningless statistics strike again.

  9. @BernieG

    “The thinktank said key workers, such as nurses, teachers and care workers, typically earn less than employees further away from the centre of the crisis, with the bottom 30% of earners in Britain more than twice as likely to be in such jobs than the top 10%.”

    Isn’t that an amazingly constructed sentence!! That’s a work of genius. Very crafty indeed. A list of people in the “such that” column that are designed to draw one’s instant approval and affection, yet it is the health care assistants and cleaners (who for whatever reason seem less sainted in our society, which I fear has something to do with middle-class snobbery) who are really contributing to that “bottom 30%” statistic. Cleverly done.

  10. @Steve… “Middle aged blokes are probably most at risk – have fuck all except society’s contempt.”

    Yup.

  11. Whenever I see these ‘stories’ I am always put in mind of The Daily Mash’s ‘Institute for Studies’.

  12. I’ll out-Yorkshireman that, when first married in the 1990s our flat in Hong Kong was a single 12ft x 16ft room, though we had our own toilet.

  13. Dennis, He Who Has Been Deemed Essential (Who Knew?)

    “The Resolution Foundation” sounds like one of those Swiss euthanasia clinics.

    It actually sounds like the sort of nonprofit grift that Spud would latch on to.

  14. Slightly OT but does anyone in the UK recall the lockdown in 1999/2000 when ILI deaths were around 18000 and the rate about 240 deaths/100,000

  15. @jgh… Ditto with the single room of similar size. Unfortunately we had to share a communal toilet on another flight of stairs. The room was in the cellar of a tenement building, beneath a bookies shop. Somewhat pales against the current 2850sqft and 3acre garden. Though I enjoy acting out the Four Yorkshiremen sketch, most people I knew back then were no better off – and having a roof over our head thought we were well placed, happy in our ignorance. Nowadays, thanks in part to social media et al, the disparities are a bit more in your face.

  16. Bloke in North Dorset

    ““The Resolution Foundation” sounds like one of those Swiss euthanasia clinics.

    It actually sounds like the sort of nonprofit grift that Spud would latch on to.”

    I’ve heard the CEO of the RF, Torsten Bell, talking a few times. I don’t agree with many of his conclusions but he’s a really smart guy and would see through Spud in seconds.

  17. About six months before we came to the UK we moved to a 5-room flat in Tuen Mun, luxury! A seperate room solely for a bath&loo! And another one for cooking and eating! What’s in this cupboard? Wow! Another bedroom! 567sqft from my notes. Though it cost so much, and tripled the travel time to work and anywhere else, I’d have prefered to have stayed in Lei Yue Mun.

  18. “The Resolution Foundation” sounds like one of those secretive sub-government organisations in distopian SciFi like Brazil or The X-Files.

  19. @asiaseen

    Or the 1980s lockdown when AIDS (HIV) surfaced, or SARS, Swine Flu, H1N1 etc

    AIDS (HIV), no vaccine but no lockdown

    Precautionary Principal needs to be sacked forthwith

  20. “Britain’s lowest-paid workers, women and young adults have jobs with the biggest health and economic risks during the coronavirus lockdown”

    This being a virus that disproportionately kills the male and elderly, women and young people are of course the ones who will suffer the most…………

  21. This being a virus that disproportionately kills the male and elderly, women and young people are of course the ones who will suffer the most…………

    In NZ it also tended to infect the wealthier too, because they were the ones travelling furthest overseas and across country to attend conferences and parties.

    The deaths are still the old and male though.

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