Work in Britain’s informal economy: learning from road-side hand car washes

Clark, I. ORCID: 0000-0001-7698-2715 and Colling, T., 2017. Work in Britain’s informal economy: learning from road-side hand car washes. British Journal of Industrial Relations: an International Journal of Employment Relations. ISSN 0007-1080

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Abstract

The UK has over 10,000 Hand Car Washes (HCWs). This article examines two research questions; what do HCWs reveal about the informalization of employment? and what is the prospect of regulation of them? Setting HCWs in a theoretical framework shows that they are part of a growing industry It is becoming an increasingly familiar and visible part of the economy, and is able to use informalization in employment where control of labour costs is a key factor. Employers make a strategic choice to engage precarious and vulnerable usually migrant labour securing further competitive advantage at the cost of pronounced labour exploitation and long hours – the tendency towards informalization. Therein a low-cost business model disciplines competition to usurp higher productivity mechanized car washing.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: British Journal of Industrial Relations: an International Journal of Employment Relations
Creators: Clark, I. and Colling, T.
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Date: 23 November 2017
ISSN: 0007-1080
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10.1111/bjir.12286DOI
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 05 Dec 2017 14:16
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2017 14:16
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/32138

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