Young, free and living precariously

There has been significant media reporting and public commentary on the impact on young people of the COVID-19 pandemic and the related economic recession. However, there is limited empirical research into the experiences of young people during the height of the 2020 pandemic. This discussion paper is the result of a survey of over 300 respondents conducted during the final months of 2020.

Prior to the first COVID-19 related economic shutdown, young people were already over-represented in precarious forms of employment but their precariousness was further exacerbated by the pandemic. One example of this was the finding 30% of survey respondents who did not live with their parents said they were forced to skip meals on a regular basis in 2020.