Recovery strategy leaves young women at mercy of employer's Discretion

Monday 11 May 2020

Responding to the Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy, Joe Levenson, Director of Campaigns and Communications at the Young Women’s Trust said:

“Today’s COVID-19 recovery strategy from the Government risks leaving hundreds of thousands of young women on low pay at the mercy of their employer’s discretion and a benefits system not fit for purpose. The strategy rightly recognises that women, the young and the lowest paid are most at risk of the economic fallout from the virus, but sadly makes few reassurances about what is being done to fix it.

“Big questions remain about how the welfare of workers who are asked by their employers to return to work will be protected, and how parents can be expected to return to work with schools and nurseries still closed. Young women also tell us that they fear for their jobs in the long term and as the economy braces itself for the longer term hit, many are concerned that they will be the first in line when redundancies lists inevitably start being drawn up.

“That's why the Government must do far more to set out how workers will be protected, how those out of work or on low pay will be better served by a dysfunctional benefits system and how it will ensure that the needs of the most economically vulnerable are put at the heart of economic recovery. "


1. Young Women’s Trust has a network of young women experiencing low or no pay available for interview
2. To speak young women in our network please contact the press office 07495 981142.