The Motivation of Temporary Agency Workers: An Empirical Analysis

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Christian Grund

RWTH Aachen University - School of Economics and Business Administration; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Axel Minten

RWTH Aachen University

Nevena Toporova

Technische Universität München (TUM)

Abstract

We are investigating the relationship between individual and job-related characteristics and the motivation of temporary agency workers. To do so, we are using a unique dataset from one of Germany's largest temporary work agencies. For 3,000 temporary agency workers, a subjective motivation appraisal is provided by the respective direct manager within the hiring company. It is possible to observe a positive relationship between the decision on transition to regular employment and the motivation of temporary agency workers. Women in temporary agency work demonstrate a higher degree of motivation than men. However, in the case of men a clearer correlation can be observed between project duration and motivation. A change of hiring company with follow-up projects has a negative effect on the temporary agency worker's motivation.

Keywords: temporary agency work, atypical employment relation, empirical study, motivation, work morale

JEL Classification: J5, J81, M5

Suggested Citation

Grund, Christian and Minten, Axel and Toporova, Nevena, The Motivation of Temporary Agency Workers: An Empirical Analysis. IZA Discussion Paper No. 11229. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3097327

Christian Grund (Contact Author)

RWTH Aachen University - School of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

Aachen
Germany

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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

Axel Minten

RWTH Aachen University ( email )

Templergraben 55
52056 Aachen, 52056
Germany

Nevena Toporova

Technische Universität München (TUM) ( email )

Arcisstrasse 21
Munich, 80333
Germany

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