Institute released seventeenth Working Paper - Untapped potential: Creating a better future for service workers

Institute released seventeenth Working Paper - Untapped potential: Creating a better future for service workers

In Untapped potential: Creating a better future for service workers, the Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity partners with the Martin Prosperity Institute to examine job trends within Toronto’s largest employment sector

Ontario's economy, and its economic stronghold of the Toronto region, are slowly getting back on track to reaching pre-recessionary levels of employment. Yet there's been growing concern about the kinds of jobs the economy is turning out. The growing prevalence of "precarious employment" jobs that are temporary, part-time, with few benefits and low wages­ has been widely discussed in the media in recent months. In Untapped potential: creating a better future for service workers, the Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity partners with the Martin Prosperity Institute to examine job trends within Toronto¹s largest employment sector: routine-service jobs. These occupations, including retail staff, food service workers, cleaners, taxi drivers, secretaries, and others, account for 45 percent of Toronto's workforce and have the worst employment conditions of all occupations. The Institute's work attempts to dig deeper into who makes up this group, and what can be done to help them.

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Category: Employment