One-third of former Rover staff still unemployed

A third of Rover workers are unemployed nearly a year after its collapse, while many of those in work are paid much less than before, new research claims.

According to a Work Foundation survey for BBC Radio 4, many former Rover staff were forced to accept poorly paid jobs following the firm’s closure.

On average, those in direct employment are now earning about £3,500 less a year than they were with Rover.

But those now in self-employed jobs are earning more than before. They now earn nearly £5,950 more in their annual average income  than they did at Rover, the survey found.

More than 6,000 workers lost their jobs when MG Rover ceased production last April.

According to the government-backed taskforce launched to help former workers, more than 4,000 of these have since found new jobs.


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