Since 2008, the amount of underemployed workers in the United Kingdom has steadily risen. Today, nearly a tenth of workers questioned by the Office for National Statistics have reported themselves as being underemployed, or working less hour than they need. Nearly a quarter of underemployed workers are seeking more hours at the job.
Recruiters have benefited from this situation, knowing that workers are desperate for more hours at the job, and have been getting away with paying their workers less or cutting their benefits packages. It seems as if underemployment is becoming the new employment. This has also led to an increase of self-employed workers, who attempt to make up for lost hours and wages at their normal day jobs.