Vulnerable workers reading list

The following is a selection of relevant books and journal articles on vulnerable workers. Please email our Library and Information Services Manager if you have a suggestion for a book or journal article to add to this list.

Abrams, F. (2002) Below the Breadline: Living on the Minimum Wage. London: Profile Books.

Anderson, B. (2010) ‘Migration, Immigration Controls and the Fashioning of precarious workers, Work, Employment & Society, 24, 2: 300-17.

Anderson, B. and Jayaweera, H (2008) Migrant Workers and Vulnerable Employment: a Review of Existing Data. Oxford: Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford.

Anderson, B. and Rogaly, B. (2005) Forced Labour and Migration to the UK. London: Trades Union Congress.

Anderson, B., Ruhs, M., Rogaly, B. and Spencer, S. (2006) Fair Enough? Central and East European Migrants in Low Wage employment in the UK, York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Aubenas, F. (2011) The Night Cleaner. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Better Regulation Taskforce (2000) Protecting Vulnerable People. London: Better Regulation Task Force.

Campbell, I. and Peeters, M. (2008) ‘Low pay, compressed schedules and high work intensity: A study of contract cleaners in Australia’, Australian Journal of Labour Economics, 11, 1: 27-46.

Equality and Human Rights Commission (2012) Inquiry into Recruitment and Employment in the Meat and Poultry Processing Sector: Report of the Findings and Recommendations. Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Equality and Human Rights Commission (2014) The Invisible Workforce: Employment Practices in the Cleaning Sector. Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.

European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (2013) Empowering Vulnerable Adults to Tackle Labour Market Challenges. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.

Fairris, D. and Reich, M. (2005) ‘The Impact of Living Wage Policies: Introduction to the Special Issue’. Industrial Relations, 44: 1-13.

Geddes, L et al (2013) Forced Labour in the UK, York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Grimshaw, D. (2004) ‘British Living Wage and Low Wage Campaigns’, in D. Figart (ed.), Living Wage Movements: Global Perspectives. New York: Routledge.

Grimshaw, D. and Rubery, J. (2007) Undervaluing Women’s Work. EOC Working Paper Series no. 53. Manchester: Equal Opportunities Commission.

Grimshaw, D., Cartwright, J., Keizer, A. and Rubery, J. (2014) Coming Clean: Contractual and Procurement Practices. EHRC Research Report no. 96 Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Hudson, M., Netto, G., Sosenko, F., Noon, M., de Lima, P., Gilchrist, A. and Kamenou-Aigbekaen, N. (2013) In-work Poverty, Ethnicity and Workplace Cultures. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

James, P. and Walters, D. (2011) ‘Supply chains and the protection of vulnerable workers’, in M. Sargeant and M. Giavannone (eds.) Vulnerable Workers: Health, Safety, and Well-Being. Surrey: Gower.

Kalayaan (2008) The New Bonded labour? The Impact of Proposed Changes to the UK Immigration System on Migrant Domestic Workers. London: Kalayaan and Oxfam.

Kalleberg, A. (2009) ‘Precarious Work, Insecure Workers: Employment Relations in Transition’, American Sociological Review, 74, 1: 1-22.

Lewis, H., Dwyer, P. and Hodkinson, S. (2013) Precarious Lives: Experiences of forced labour among refugees and asylum seekers in England. Leeds: University of Leeds

Living Wage Commission (2014) Working for Poverty. The Scale of the Problem of Low Pay and Working Poverty in the UK. The Interim Report from the Living Wage Commission.

Markit Group Ltd. (2013) Living Wage Research for KPMG: Structural Analysis of Hourly Wages and Current Trends in Household Finances. Markit Group: Henley on Thames.

Mason, G., Lloyd, C. and Mayhew, K. (eds.) (2008) Low Wage Employment in the UK. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

Migration Advisory Committee (2014) Migrants in Low-Skilled Work: The Growth of EU and non-EU Labour in Low-skilled Jobs and its Impact on the UK. London: Migration Advisory Committee.

Pennycook, M., Cory, G. and Alakeson, V. (2013) A Matter of Time: the Rise of Zero-hour Contracts. London: Resolution Foundation.

Platform on Forced Labour and Asylum (2014) Tackling Labour Exploitation Among Refugees and Asylum Seekers: a Guide. Leeds: The University of Leeds.

Pollert, A. (2007) The Unorganised Vulnerable Worker: the Weakness of External Remedy and the Case for Union Organising. Liverpool: Institute for Employment Rights.

Rogers, A. (2009) Recession, Vulnerable Workers and Immigration. Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS).

Salt, J. and Millar, J. (2006) ‘Foreign Labour in the United Kingdom: Current Patterns and Trends’ Labour Market Trends, 114, 10: 335‐55.

Sargeant, M. and Giovannone, M. (2011) Vulnerable Workers: Health, Safety and Well-being. Aldershot: Gower Publishing.

Sargeant, M. and Ori, M. (2013) Vulnerable Workers and Precarious Working. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Scott,S., Craig, G and Geddes, A (2012)  Experiences of Forced Labour in the UK Food Industry, York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Sykes, W., Groom, C., Desai, P. and Kelly, J. (2014) Coming Clean: the Experiences of Cleaning Operatives, Research Report no. 95. Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Toynbee, P. (2003) Hard Work: Life in Low-pay Britain. London: Bloomsbury.

TUC Commission on Vulnerable Employment (2008) Hard Work, Hidden Lives: the Short Report of the Commission on Vulnerable Employment. London: TUC Commission on Vulnerable Employment.

Unison (2012) The Hidden Workforce. London: Unison.

Wills, J., Kakpo, N. and Begum, R. (2009) The Business Case for the Living Wage: the Story of the Cleaning Service at Queen Mary. London: Queen Mary, University of London.

Wills, J., May, J. and Datta, K. (2009) ‘London’s Migrant Division of Labour’, European, Urban and Regional Studies, 16, 3:.257-71.

David Sparrow

Library and Information Services Manager

Last updated: 13 Aug 2018