With all due respects CVCVCV, things are very difficult here, particularly for young families. If employers offered positions with more hours, or were agreeable to adjusting working hours to enable some to take more than one job, then things might be more simple.
Take for example over a 5 week period on a shift basis of 3 different shifts daily. Anywhere between 8am and 11pm on a contract for 21 hours.
What that means is a different shift for everyday in a week (no two consecutive days the same ) Working 4 weekend out of 5
No two consecutive weeks the same. In fact every week for 5 weeks is different.
Also have to be available to do additional hours when and if needed, but not often needed.
This is because employees would prefer to employ the minimum of staff on the minimum amount of hours.
Trying to get a second job on that basis is impossible. This was a policy brought in by the last Labour Government to reduce the unemployment figures, thus introducing the Tax Credit system to ensure the continuity of what could have shown up as massive unemployment figures. At the same time, indirectly giving support to the companies that were still making the same profits, or more but failed in the need to pass them on. False economy, and people are still caught up in this.
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.