Hows our productivity doing? Our more flexible working pattern means high employment but more unstable work. So there are more jobs but the jobs are lower paid. And instead of investing in technology employers keep pay low but more workers . Of course many young migrants like these arrangements that are less common in other wealthy EU states as they can earn more than at home and improve their english and use a job in the UK as a stepping stone for something better. For British workers low productivity and high levels of employment is not so good as they are less likely to travel far, have caring commitments and have to rely on benefits to top up their income.