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Research on young workers

Young workers are more likely to be in insecure work, in low paid jobs and without opportunities to progress at work than any other age group.

Discrimination of marginalised groups starts as soon as people join the workforce, two thirds of young women have experienced sexual harassment at work and nearly six in ten BME worker aged 18 – 24 have experienced racism at work. Yet young people are less likely to be in trade unions.

The resources below provide information on young workers experiences since Covid-19 lockdowns. 


Under 21s face £2.5 billion minimum wage “pay penalty” for being young workers

Almost one million under-21s “left hugely out of pocket” due to “unfair” minimum wage rates.

Sexual harassment

2 in 3 young women have experienced sexual harassment, bullying or verbal abuse at work

Poll of more than 1,000 women finds 3 in 5 women say they have experienced harassment at work – rising to almost 2 in 3 women aged 25 to 34.

Racism at work

2 in 5 BME workers experience racism at work

TUC research finds hundreds of thousands of BME workers face racist behaviour – from “banter” and jokes, through to bullying and harassment.

Jobs and recovery monitor

Young BME workers hit hard by unemployment.


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