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Bad jobs in Britain: nonstandard employment and job quality

McGovern, Patrick and Smeaton, Deborah and Hill, Stephen (2004) Bad jobs in Britain: nonstandard employment and job quality. Work and Occupations, 31 (2). pp. 225-249. ISSN 0730-8884

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0730888404263900

Abstract

The rapid growth in nonstandard forms of employment toward the end of the 20th century has fuelled claims about the spread of "bad jobs" within Anglo-American capitalism. Research from the United States indicates that such jobs have more bad characteristics than do permanent jobs after controlling for workers' personal characteristics, family status, and occupation. We apply a version of the bad characteristics approach to British data and find that despite some institutional differences with the United States, (notably, in employer welfare provision), the British case also supports the hypothesis that nonstandard employment (part-time, temporary, and fixed term) increases workers' exposure to bad job characteristics. 'Reprinted by permission of Sage Publications Ltd from Ekins, Paul and Medhurst, James, The European Structural Funds and sustainable development, © 2006 SAGE Publications. All rights reserved. Not for commercial use or unauthorized distribution.'

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Online ISSN 1552-8464
Uncontrolled Keywords:Job quality, nonstandard employment, Britain
Research Community:University of Westminster > Policy Studies Institute (PSI)
ID Code:2997
Deposited On:29 Jan 2007
Last Modified:26 Sep 2011 16:46

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