An Institutional Perspective on the Employment Position of Temporary Workers in the Netherlands

Posted: 19 May 2010

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Jeroen P.J. de Jong

EIM Netherlands - Business and Policy Research

René Schalk

Tilburg University - Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Tobias Goessling

Tilburg University

Date Written: September 15, 2007

Abstract

This article analyzes the complex employment position of temporary workers within organizations and on the labour market. Temporary employment is usually considered secondary to permanent employment. In recent years, the European Union and the Dutch government have attempted to change this situation by formulating several directives and labour laws. In this paper, we use institutional theory to discuss the institutional foundations and influences that shape the employment and labour-market conditions of temporary workers. The analysis shows that the core issues regarding temporary employment conditions include conflicting (legitimate) interests, socially constructed norms that favour permanent workers, and an uneven distribution of power. Our analysis further shows that institutional forces generate a structural justification for the disadvantaged position of temporary workers.

JEL Classification: J21, J40

Suggested Citation

de Jong, Jeroen P.J. and Schalk, Rene and Goessling, Tobias, An Institutional Perspective on the Employment Position of Temporary Workers in the Netherlands (September 15, 2007). Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations, Vol. 62, No. 3, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1610232

Jeroen P.J. De Jong (Contact Author)

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Rene Schalk

Tilburg University - Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences ( email )

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Tobias Goessling

Tilburg University

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Tilburg, DC Noord-Brabant 5000 LE
Netherlands

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