Dr Shereen Hussein is a Principal Research Fellow (Chair) at King’s College London. She is a demographer with interest in the sociology of family and work dynamics.
(King’s College, London
Personalisation, marketisation and casualisation of care in the United Kingdom: Issues of low wages and workers’ stress
Policies of personalisation produce significant changes in the labour market and organisation of paid care work. This presentation is based on unique longitudinal data from care workers and employers in England. The focus is on investigating two key components of this workforce, the extent and reasons of very low pay and workers’ psychological demand and moral distress.
The analysis indicates that the British low-skilled, low-status, frontline long-term care work carries considerable wage penalties. Three explanatory factors for persistent low wages were identified from the qualitative interviews, including the impact of personalization and outsourcing. The findings are discussed within the current British social care policies of personalisation and marketisation within a context of fiscal challenges and continued austerity measures.
Dr Shereen Hussein is a Principal Research Fellow (Chair) at King’s College London. She is a demographer with interest in the sociology of family and work dynamics. She has worked with the United Nations, the Population Council, the World Bank, and the League of Arab States on research related to family formation, women’s multiple roles, women’s labour participation and decision making within the family. Over the past 15 years, she has worked extensively in the fields of ageing and formal long-term care with a focus on wages, gender and migration.