Warning over unemployment and underemployment

The TUC has called on the government to acknowledge the nation's "jobs crisis", despite the latest official statistics showing only a sl…

The TUC has called on the government to acknowledge the nation's "jobs crisis", despite the latest official statistics showing only a slight rise in employment.

General secretary Brendan Barber said many UK people have been forced to take part-time jobs due to the lack of full-time roles, which means they are still likely to struggle financially.

His comments suggested people could require debt help if they are unable to find work or can only secure part-time roles with relatively small salaries.

"Any job is better than no job at all, even if it's on far lower pay and shorter hours, but people cannot afford to do this indefinitely," Mr Barber said.

He added that British people desperately require "more full-time jobs paying decent wages".

According to data from the Office for National Statistics, 29.13 million people were in work in the final quarter of 2011. This represents a rise of 60,000 people on the previous quarter.

By Joe White
 

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