Two-tier workforce

  • Key facts


    A two-tier workforce is when one group of workers receives lower wages or fewer benefits than others doing the same job.

    • This can happen when public sector employees are moved to the private sector and new employees start work with worse pay and conditions .
    • staf who have been transferred are protected by TUPE and the Principles of Good Employment Practice. Find out more about TUPE. 
    • In Scotland, a protocol between the government and unions aims to prevent the  two-tier workforce.
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  • Overview

Two-tier workforce overview

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