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01 January 2007
Encouraging mini-jobs
Impact on Society
Means-tested benefits in the UK mean that recipients often find that it is not financially worthwhile to take jobs of fewer than 16 hours a week, so-called ‘mini-jobs’. Some people, especially lone parents, might otherwise want to work a few hours a week. In joint work with Gingerbread, IFS researchers developed a model of lone parents’ working patterns to estimate the cost and impact on employment and hours worked of various policy options to encourage mini-jobs.

Following the report in 2007, the then government implemented one of the report’s recommendations, and announced a pilot of another. The coalition Government has also stated its desire to encourage benefit recipients to work in mini-jobs.