Flexible Contract Workers in Inferior Jobs: Reappraising the Evidence

25 Pages Posted: 10 Aug 2010

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Colin P. Green

Department of Economics

Parvinder Kler

University of Queensland - School of Economics

Gareth Leeves

University of Queensland - School of Economics

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Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Green, Colin P. and Kler, Parvinder and Leeves, Gareth, Flexible Contract Workers in Inferior Jobs: Reappraising the Evidence. British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 48, Issue 3, pp. 605-629, September 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1654093 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8543.2009.00742.x

Colin P. Green

Department of Economics ( email )

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Parvinder Kler

University of Queensland - School of Economics ( email )

Brisbane, QLD 4072
Australia

Gareth Leeves

University of Queensland - School of Economics ( email )

Brisbane, QLD 4072
Australia

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