I’m not sure how long it will take for Scotland to experience some buyers remorse over their recent decision to say no to independence from the UK.
Perhaps this significant piece of news will be a water to the face moment: a historic number of UK workers now find themselves trapped in low-paid jobs.
According to a newly published report by The Resolution Foundation, the number of workers earning less than two thirds of the median hourly pay - $12.00 an hour - increased by 250,000 last year to reach an astounding 5.2 million, the largest number of low paid workers in UK history.
According to the report workers are finding themselves stuck in low-paid jobs that they find it increasingly hard to escape.
The report also found that workers in the UK are now much more likely to be low-paid than workers in similar positions in Germany and Australia.
A spokesperson for the foundation told the press this week that in fact the overall number of low-paid workers in the UK has barely moved in the last 20 years.
Raising the minimum wage could help low paid-workers, but the British government needs to implement a broader strategy to rescue the working poor from dead end jobs the report found.
Responding to the new findings the British Trade Union Conference (TUC) general secretary Frances O'Grady said: “Last weekend 90,000 joined our march to call for a pay rise for workers across Britain and this report shows why.
“Many of the jobs created since the crash are very much of the low-paid, casual and zero-hours variety. This risks many people and their families simply being left behind, unable to share in any benefit from the economic recovery - while those at the top take an increasing share of the nation's wealth.”
It’s been over a month since Scotland rejected independence, but already the British Prime Minister David Cameron is being accused of betraying the country by breaking pledges to grant wider spending powers to the Scottish parliament.
“People have no confidence in Tory guarantees and they are absolutely fizzing about what looks like a preparation for a betrayal of solemn commitment made,” Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond told the press last week, in reference reference to the Cameron led Conservative party.
Was it for this that Scotland settled, critics are asking? The news that historic numbers of UK workers now find themselves trapped in jobs with no future can only paint their recent rejection of independence in a baleful light.