Young Women’s Trust response to Taylor Review

Tuesday 11 July 2017

Young Women’s Trust response to Taylor Review 

YWTCommenting on the Taylor Review into the gig economy, published today, Young Women’s Trust chief executive Dr Carole Easton OBE said: 

“The world of work is changing and employment rights must keep pace. It is women who are more likely to be in insecure work and get stuck on low pay. Not knowing how many hours you will work each week and what your income will be makes it hard to make ends meet and plan ahead. Making the economy work for young women means ending low pay and banning exploitative zero hours contracts. 

“Women too are turning to self-employment at a much faster rate than men. Yet they continue to be penalised financially in comparison to salaried workers, especially when they have babies. Many do not qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay, and restrictions that prevent women working while claiming the less generous Maternity Allowance can make running a business and keeping clients impossible. 

“Young Women’s Trust is calling on all political parties to give young women the support they need to find decent, well-paid and secure work.” 


Notes to editor: 

  1. Young Women’s Trust supports and represents women aged 16-30 trapped by low or no pay and facing a life of poverty. The charity provides coaching services and runs campaigns to make sure that the talents of young women don't go to waste.
  2. Young Women’s Trust commissioned Populus Data Solutions to undertake a survey of young people between 27 June and 13 July 2016. A representative sample of 4,014 18-30 year olds in Great Britain, from the Populus Live Online Panel, were surveyed. Young Women’s Trust’s survey found that:
    1. One in three young women had been offered a zero hours contract;
    2. more than half of young people said they feel worried for the future (55 per cent of young women, 47 per cent of young men);
    3. 39 per cent of young women said it was a struggle to make their cash last to the end of the month and 27 per cent of young women said they are in debt all of the time;
    4. a quarter of 18-30 year olds had to move back home with their parents because they couldn't afford to live independently;
    5. one in five 18-30 year olds reported having been paid less than the minimum wage; and
    6. one in 12 parents aged 18-30 reported having to use a foodbank to survive.
  3. The report based on Young Women’s Trust’s annual survey, No Country For Young Women, can be found here

For more information, or to speak to a young woman affected, contact Bex Bailey at or 07963018281.