Low-paid workers are far less likely to be able to work from home – putting them more at risk from coronavirus.
Think tank economist George Bangham tweeted a graph earlier today, showing that the ability to work from home dramatically rises as someone’s income rises.
Between 2.9% and 9.7% of households in the lowest three income deciles have the option to work from home. Meanwhile, between 17.8% and 26.9% in the upper three deciles can easily work from home.
The government yesterday formally advised everyone to work from home, if possible, to stop the spread of the virus.
However, this research shows working from home is simply not available for lots of low-paid workers. Cleaners, dinner ladies, security guards etc. simply cannot stay at home.
Coronavirus does not discriminate on income. But it certainly seems that poorer people are more at risk. The government and employers need to do everything they can to protect these individuals.
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