Low wages make it hard for workers to support themselves and their families, but wages are not the only problem. Low-wage jobs are often marked by work scheduling policies and practices that pose particular challenges for workers with significant responsibilities outside of their job, including caregiving, pursuing education and workforce training, or holding down a second job. Some require working nights, weekends, or even overnight, and many offer only part-time work, despite many workers’ need for full-time hours.
Women are disproportionately affected by this problem, because women both hold the majority of low-wage jobs and shoulder the majority of caregiving responsibilities. Nearly 48 percent of women in Oregon over the age of 16 are in the labor force. And especially for the nearly 176,100 women in Oregon working in low-wage jobs (earning $10.10 or less), difficult scheduling practices all too often undermine their best efforts to provide for their families.
This fact sheet outlines five of the most common scheduling challenges faced by workers in low-wage jobs and explains their prevalence and detrimental impact on workers and their families.