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​Flexibility for who? Millennials and mental health in the modern labour market


The UK labour market has evolved over the past 25 years. As a result, today’s generation of younger workers – millennials and centennials (ie those born during or after 1982) – risk losing out on access to permanent, secure and fulfilling work. Compared to previous generations, their work is more likely to feature contractual flexibility (including part-time work, temporary work and self-employment), underemployment and/or overqualification. For some, their experiences at work may be putting their mental health and wellbeing at risk.

This analysis, from the Institute of Public Policy Research and Business in the Community, sheds light on the phenomenon. It discusses implications for mental health and wellbeing, and the opportunities that exist for both employers and government to take action.

As well as the full report, there’s a one-page factsheet containing a 60-second summary, a list of key findings, and proposals for action.

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