Working poor in Europe

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02 Febrero 2011
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02 Febrero 2011
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Being in work greatly reduces the risk of poverty. Nevertheless, in the European Union, 8% of the employed population fell into the category of ‘working poor’ in 2007, in the sense of having an income below 60% of the national average. The proportion varies markedly across countries and social groups. In most countries, the issue of working poor is not a policy priority of either the government or the social partners, although it can be included in general policies to combat poverty and social exclusion. Although there is little evidence to prove it to date, the working poor are likely to have been particularly affected by the current economic recession.

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    Working poor in Europe

    Being in work greatly reduces the risk of poverty. Nevertheless, in the European Union, 8% of the employed population fell into the category of ‘working poor’ in 2007, in the sense of having an income below 60% of the national average. The proportion varies markedly across countries and social groups. In most countries, the issue of working poor is not a policy priority of either the government or the social partners, although it can be included in general policies to combat poverty and social exclusion. Although there is little evidence to prove it to date, the working poor are likely to have been particularly affected by the current economic recession.

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    ef10251
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    Los trabajadores pobres en Europa - Resumen

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    Eurofound
    Se acepta generalmente que disponer de un empleo reduce en gran medida el riesgo de pobreza. No obstante, en la Unión Europea, el 8 % de la población empleada en el año 2007 se incluía dentro de la categoría de «trabajadores pobres» (working poor), es decir, la correspondiente a los trabajadores cuyos ingresos estaban un 60 % por debajo de la mediana nacional. Esta proporción varía considerablemente entre los distintos países y grupos sociales. En la mayoría de los Estados miembros, el problema de los trabajadores pobres no constituye una prioridad política para la administración pública ni para los interlocutores sociales, aunque suele formar parte de las políticas generales dirigidas contra la pobreza y la exclusión social.



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