Non-Standard 'Contingent' Employment and Job Satisfaction: A Panel Data Analysis

43 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2013

See all articles by Hielke Buddelmeyer

Hielke Buddelmeyer

Melbourne Institute; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Duncan McVicar

Queen's University Belfast; Queen's University Belfast - Queen's Management School

Mark Wooden

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

It is widely assumed that contingent forms of employment, such as fixed-term contracts, labour-hire and casual employment, are associated with low quality jobs. This hypothesis is tested using data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, a nationally representative household panel survey covering a country with a high incidence of non-standard employment. Ordered logit regression models of job satisfaction are estimated that hold constant all time-invariant individual differences as well as a range of observed time-varying characteristics.The results indicate that, among males, both casual employees and labour-hire workers (but not fixed-term contract workers) report noticeably lower levels of job satisfaction. Restricting the sample to persons aged 20-59 increases the estimated magnitudes of these effects. Negative effects for women are mainly restricted to labour-hire workers. We also show that the relationships between job satisfaction and contract type vary with educational attainment and the length of job tenure. Working hours arrangements also mediate the relationship.

Keywords: contingent employment, job satisfaction, non-standard employment, HILDA Survey, panel data

JEL Classification: J28, J41, J81

Suggested Citation

Buddelmeyer, Hielke and McVicar, Duncan and Wooden, Mark, Non-Standard 'Contingent' Employment and Job Satisfaction: A Panel Data Analysis. IZA Discussion Paper No. 7590. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2325848

Hielke Buddelmeyer (Contact Author)

Melbourne Institute ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Duncan McVicar

Queen's University Belfast ( email )

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Queen's University Belfast - Queen's Management School

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Mark Wooden

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research ( email )

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Parkville, Victoria 3010
Australia

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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