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High-Risk Sectors

Understanding the complex drivers of labour exploitation

Labour exploitation does not happen in isolation from the rest of the labour market, but is part of a spectrum of experiences that can range from decent work to progressively serious labour law violations, culminating in extreme exploitation, including offences that fall under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Preventing labour exploitation therefore requires identifying high-risk sectors and addressing labour abuses and poor working conditions across the spectrum of workers’ experiences.

We work to address knowledge gaps concerning experiences and drivers of labour abuse and exploitation in understudied low-paid sectors of the economy, such as agriculture, care, cleaning, gig economy, hospitality and construction.

Selected publications