{books pdf} Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain Author James Bloodworth – Intimatenights.co.uk

Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain Cracking open the gig economy, journalist James Bloodworth spends six months undercover working the most grueling low wage jobs He lives on the meagerproceeds and discovers the anxieties and hopes of those he encounters, including working class men and women, young students striving to make ends meet, and Eastern European immigrants From a harrowing warehouse to driving forUber, Bloodworth uncovers horrifying employment practices and shows how traditional working class communities have been decimated by the move to soulless service jobs with no security, advancement or satisfaction But this is than an expos of unscrupulous employers this is a gripping examination of a divided society which needs to understand the true reality of how other people live and work, before it can heal

15 thoughts on “Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain

  1. TCP TCP says:

    Some interesting insights at what it is like working under zero hour contracts and the gig economy I don t think anyone ever claims it is wonderful, but this demonstrates what hard work it can be for little reward Not the first to ask if Uber is sustainable I give the author credit for b

  2. Mr. S. Pugsley Mr. S. Pugsley says:

    Labour, Conservative, Liberal, Green EVERY MP should read this book Globalisation and the gig economy is all very well and good, but this is people s lives we re talking about.

  3. Danny Danny says:

    A perceptive and well written piece of reportage, this is a book that people across the spectrum, whether working class, middle class, or upper class, leftist, centrist, or right wing should read Bloodworth writes well, fluently and comparatively objectively, although his sympathies clearly lie with

  4. Ruju Ruju says:

    Although, as others have pointed out, this is not the definitive study of low paid work in the United Kingdom, it does what it says on the cover Bloodworth has ensured a diverse spread by taking 4 completely different jobs in 4 places with a good geographical spread As far as I am concerned, this gives hi

  5. Mrs Janet Miller Mrs Janet Miller says:

    Well researched and sensitively crafted This book highlights the plight of people trapped in a largely unseen and unfair struggle to do little than survive I sort of knew about this underworld of workers who do so much to service the consumer culture but was ok with thinking that there was always a degree of c

  6. WorcesterBlue WorcesterBlue says:

    It s easy to think that many people start at the bottom of the rung and all have the same opportunities to work their way up This book illustrates how many people in low paid jobs don t have many chances to improve their job situation, because of a multitude of obstacles being expected to be flexible even though the

  7. Book_worm Book_worm says:

    I ve encountered Bloodworths writing before and was interested in this as a fan of George Orwell the impact of Orwell s Down and Out in Paris and London is not subtle Bloodworth does not disappoint A provocative and elucidating look inside low wage britain, the gig economy and the impact of neoliberalism on the lived exper


    I enjoyed this book and I would commend it to anyone with even a passing interest in politics The writer s style is crisp and the content absorbing He deserves credit for his six months exploring the world of low pay work But, in common with at least one newspaper review, I felt that the author failed to appreciate what was the

  9. Oleks GALKA Oleks GALKA says:

    I would like to say this book gave me a different prospective on UK Author started off with Blackpool where I had little knowledge of that town until today This book mentions big companies like and Uber Those these companies are successfull but at what costs The author makes you want to dig deeper what the real cause of it and why th

  10. LauraL LauraL says:

    I bought the book for a reading club I joined.The book was insightful and worth picking up Easy to read.It s not mind blowing but it makes you think about the changes to the way work is conceived especially manual, repetitive labour and the level of alienation created.Overall I enjoyed reading it.

  11. J. Bradley J. Bradley says:

    If you are buying stuff on , need car insurance, planning to get an Uber home or think you might get old then this book s for you Not that it will necessarily stop you doing any of those things Things that make life easier for most of us But it does illuminate the processes by which such things are possible and the cost to a significant proportio

  12. Brian Austin Brian Austin says:

    A well written, revealing and thought provoking read James Bloodworth makes it abundantly clear the necessity to treat all workers with the respect they deserve, which is so obviously lacking in many of our companies I would recommend it to every MP they may then have a better idea of the real world.

  13. Paul Paul says:

    Good read. stupid app though Annoying improve your app navigation.I mean I finished the book But am now trapped in review section.


    An eye opening account of the worrying practices that some big employers use to exploit their workforce

  15. DaleyDell DaleyDell says:

    interesting and current

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