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Flexible workers in inferior jobs: re-appraising the evidence

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>09/2010
<mark>Journal</mark>British Journal of Industrial Relations
Issue number3
Number of pages25
Pages (from-to)605-629
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish


There is concern that the increase in flexible employment contracts witnessed in many OECD economies is evidence of a growth in low-pay, low-quality jobs. In practice, it is difficult to evaluate the ‘quality’ of flexible jobs. Previous research has primarily investigated objective measures of job quality such as wages and training or subjective measures such as job satisfaction. We jointly evaluate these elements of flexible employment contracts using a job quality index. Analysis of this index demonstrates that flexible jobs are of a lower quality. Differences in the subjective and objective assessment of factors like pay and hours are evident.

Bibliographic note

This is a pre-print of an article published in British Journal of Industrial Relations, 48 (3), 2010. (c) Wiley.