Work must pay: Does it? Precarious employment and employment motivation for low-income households

One of the core dilemmas of current welfare politics is the question of how to ensure social protection while providing incentives to seek employment at the same time. A way to address this dilemma is to base policies and policy models on the principle notion that ‘work must pay’; in other words, income from employment should be higher than the social support of the unemployed. However, how accurately do these approaches and models represent the reality of benefit recipients, particularly in the context of increased employment precariousness? In this article, we use the cases of two disadvantaged regions in Czech Republic in order to contrast the presumptions of ‘making work pay’ policies with the everyday experience of welfare recipients.


Author(s) L. Trlifajová, J. Hurrle
Language English
Year of publication Oct, 2018
Journal Journal of European Social Policy
Volume 2018
Page(s) 1-20
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