A Department for Work and Pensions spokesperson has responded to criticism that it is not doing enough to tackle the issue of low pay and low working hours, saying it is 'committed to making work pay'.
Our welfare reforms will improve the lives of some of the poorest families in our communities. The Universal Credit will further increase work incentives making three million households better off and lifting up to 250,000 children out of poverty.
Work remains the best route out poverty – children in workless families are around three times more likely to be in poverty than those in working families. And the latest annual poverty statistics show how the number of children in workless poor families has reduced by 100,000 children over the past year.
The Deputy Minister for Tackling Poverty, Vaughan Gething, says the "sluggish" economic recovery has meant there are many people in Wales who are forced to work part-time, or take on lower wages to have some sort of work.
He told our reporter Tom Sheldrick that the Welsh Government's Tackling Poverty Action Plan - relaunched in July - is "a recognition that we need to create, not just more work, but better work."
One of the authors of today's report - Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion in Wales 2013 - says politicians in Westminster and Wales need to focus on improving workers' pay and hours, as well as job creation.
Peter Kenway, the Director of the New Policy Institute, says "the politicians have been very alert to the idea that people aren't working enough. They have had nothing to say about pay - and we're saying they need to do something about that."
He advocates the introduction of a Living Wage across Wales. The idea is promoted by the Living Wage Foundation, and based on the amount an individual needs to earn to cover the basic costs of living.
It is set at £7.45 per hour, and higher for London. Cardiff is one of several big local authorities in the UK to adopt it.
A leading charity says the number of calls for help in one of Wales poorest communities has risen by 32 per cent in the last year. Rhyl West tops the UK league table for the number of adults claiming out of work benefits -- with two-thirds of 16 to 24 year -olds relying on the support.