BOOKS

Hired

James Bloodworth

RRP: £8.99

7 February 2019

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786490162

RRP: £6.99

1 March 2018

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786490155

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Zero-hours contracts and the gig economy have redefined the relationship between companies and their workers: for many, careers are low-paid and high-risk, a series of short-term jobs with no security and little future. In this essential exposé, James Bloodworth goes undercover to investigate how working life has become a waking nightmare. From the Orwellian reach of an Amazon warehouse and the high-turnover rate of a telesales factory in Wales to the time trials of a council care worker and the grim reality behind the glossy Uber App, Hired is a clear-eyed analysis of a divided nation and a riveting dispatch from the very frontline of low-wage Britain.

‘An extraordinary and unsettling journey into the way modern Britons work. It is George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London for the gig-economy age’ MATTHEW D’ANCONA, author of Post-Truth