Compelling And Ground Breaking Piece Of Narrative Journalism That Gets Right To The Heart Of Divided Britain And Its Dysfunctional Jobs ClimateWe All Define Ourselves By Our Profession At Least To Some Extent But What If Our Job Was Demeaning, Poorly Paid, And Tedious Cracking Open Britain S Divisions Immigrant British, North South, Urban Rural, Working Class Middle Class, Leave Remain Journalist James Bloodworth Spends Six Months Living And Working Across Britain, Taking On The Country S Worst Jobs He Lives On The Meagre Proceeds And Discovers ✓ read ¾ Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain by James Bloodworth ¾ The Anxieties And Hopes Of Those He Encounters, Including Working Class British, Young Students Striving To Make Ends Meet, And Eastern European ImmigrantsReminiscent Of Orwell S Road To Wigan Pier, This Is A Fascinating Window Onto A World That Britain S London Centric Media Rarely Visits From The Staffordshire Warehouse To The Taxi Cabs Of Uber, 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 Post Brexit Britain, A Divided Nation Which Needs To Understand The True Reality Of How Other People Live And Work, Before It Can Heal Hired will be praised as an unflinching look at modern Britain That should give grave offence to modern Britain Though a documentary, owing much to George Orwell and Barbara Ehrenreich, it spreads out like a Hieronymus Bosch except that Bloodworth s figures are made of flesh and blood, and Hell is the bottom end of the British workforce The book is his account of six months minimum wage work often, in reality, lower and what he did in the towns that rarely interest governments or the media. We start in the warehouse in Rugeley, Staffordshire It stands incongruous in the countryside which seems an odd term for a building dwarfed by three cooling towers, flanked by two industrial estates, and barely a few minutes walk from the town dump Working as an order picker, he walks the equivalent of ten miles daily in I pay my cleaner 10 an hour at the same time as I pay my lawyer 570 an hour Is my lawyer worth 57 times what my cleaner is worth It must be to me or I would not pay it That is the free market in action James Bloodworth is aware of these discrepancies He does not like them, but he is not proposing a solution In his well considered book, Bloodworth examines what it is like to be on the bottom rung of the job market by working undercover in such jobs to experience them himself, and also to meet others who carried out those jobs 10 an hour They should be so lucky Many dream of getting a steady 7 an hour in a permanent safe job. From a picker in an warehouse in Staffordshire, to a carer in Blackpool, a call centre operative in an old Welsh mining town, to an Uber driver in London, Bloodworth provides readers with a pair of binoculars with which to experience the life of increasi
The Guardian is publishing a series of anonymous reports from a worker inside an fulfillment center Our new column from inside They treat us as disposable A podcast interview with the author about this work can be found here, at Intelligence Squared. I read this book because I wanted to know what it was like to be an Uber driver and, thanks to this honest and well written account of working in low wage Britain, I got my answer not great, but not so bad and certainly far better than working at an Warehouse A read of this article on how treats injured workers will help explain why. The author worked at four jobs warehouse worker, care worker, insurance call center worker and Uber driver The and care worker jobs seemed much worse than either Uber or the call center I took three reasons for this from the book. James Bloodworth, an English sometime Trotskyite, has written a book which combines the television series Undercover Boss and George Orwell s Down and Out in Paris and London He took jobs in a variety of low wage, low security occupations to get first hand knowledge about what it is like today to be a member of the largely invisible British working class Bloodworth s resulting argument is that a pernicious marriage of portions of the political Left and Right has destroyed the dignity of the British working class, with fatal consequence for that class, and deleterious consequences for all of society Hired is a powerful book that has key implications for possible political realignment. This is not a typical disposable political book, where the author ends with a list of solutions he knows everyone will ignore It is a b
James Bloodworth is an English writer and the author of two books, The Myth of Meritocracy and Hired Six Months Undercover in Low Wage Britain His work has appeared in the Guardian, the Times, New York Review of Books, New Statesman and elsewhere He is on Twitter as J_Bloodworth.