This chapter discusses work, which is an important influence on household opportunity. It reviews trends in the labour market and assesses their impact on housing opportunities. In this chapter, the impact on housing of the so-called ‘flexible labour market’ is examined and assessed. It is argued that housing policy is increasingly seen as an instrument of employment policy as it is dominated by labour market goals. At the same time, employment patterns are leading to different needs and demands from households in the way housing is consumed and paid for. The chapter also reviews understanding and knowledge about household decisions on housing and work. It also argues for more research in this area in order to understand the way different households relate to these two important aspects of their lives.
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