Occupational disparities in COVID-19 exposure

Updating our ESRC project to the current crisis throws occupational disparities in the quality of work into stark relief.

Analysis of recent Office for National Statistics data shows the reported deaths from COVID-19 among those of working age in England and Wales so far are concentrated among those occupations which tend to have the lowest overall quality.

Risk of exposure is much greater in routine and manual occupations than in managerial and professional occupations. These are also the occupations where social distancing will be more challenging and where working from home is not an option.

You can read the full analysis here.

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