Monday, January 05, 2015

The Unpredictable Schedules of Hourly Workers

If you're a worker who gets paid by the hour, chances are you don't know your work schedule more than a week in advance. That's the finding of a Brookings Institution analysis of data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth.

Among 26-to-32-year-olds who are paid by the hour, 41 percent do not know their work schedule more than a week in advance, creating instability for millions of workers. The percentage who must cope with such short notice exceeds the 39 percent who know their schedule at least four weeks in advance. Unpredictable work schedules, says Brookings, limit the upward mobility of low-income workers.

Source: The Brookings Institution, Do Unpredictable Hours Undermine Upward Mobility?

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