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

20 Pages Posted: 16 Mar 2015

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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

Date Written: April 2015

Abstract

Contingent forms of employment are usually associated with low‐quality jobs and, by inference, jobs that workers find relatively unsatisfying. This assumption is tested using data from a representative household panel survey covering a country (Australia) with a high incidence of nonstandard employment. Results from the estimation of ordered logit regression models reveal that among males, both casual employees and labor‐hire (agency) workers (but not fixed‐term contract workers) report noticeably lower levels of job satisfaction, though this association diminishes with job tenure. Negative effects for women are mainly restricted to labor‐hire workers.

Suggested Citation

Buddelmeyer, Hielke and McVicar, Duncan and Wooden, Mark, Non‐Standard 'Contingent' Employment and Job Satisfaction: A Panel Data Analysis (April 2015). Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 54, Issue 2, pp. 256-275, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2578100 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/irel.12090

Hielke Buddelmeyer (Contact Author)

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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

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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