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How’s life in the UK? Long hours and high housing costs says OECD report – Aberdeen Evening Express

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) How’s Life? Report 2017 placed the UK in the bottom third of member nations for working hours and housing affordability, and found a comparatively high incidence of people stuck in low-paid jobs.

The latest instalment showed that nearly 12.7% of British citizens are regularly working 50 hours or more per week, 12% are facing unmanageable housing costs and 19% are working in low-paid employment – marking the findings as “deprivations” for falling behind two thirds of other member states.

The report analysed data from each of the organisation’s 35 member states, including older members such as Germany, France, Greece and the United States, and newer OECD countries such as Israel and Slovenia, which became members in 2010.

“We need to ensure that growth and development are truly inclusive and translate into better lives, without leaving anyone behind.”

In general, the report showed that men aged 25 who did not attain upper secondary education live nearly eight years less on average than university educated men, with the gap at nearly five years for women.

— OECD (@OECD) November 15, 2017

#BridgingDivides: New #data in How’s Life exposes unequal divides in gender, age, education, income. See https://t.co/YYn03EOWhl #howslife pic.twitter.com/nowOGhsJs9

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