Quality of work and job satisfaction : Comparing female part-time work in four European countries

Faculty/Professorship: Methods of Empirical Social Research  
Author(s): Gallie, Duncan; Gebel, Michael  ; Giesecke, Johannes; Halldén, Karin; van der Meer, Peter; Wielers, Rudi
Title of the Journal: International Review of Sociology
ISSN: 0390-6701
Publisher Information: London [u.a.] : Taylor & Francis
Year of publication: 2016
Volume: 26
Issue: 3
Pages: 457-481
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1080/03906701.2016.1181839
Adding to the debate on the integrative or marginalizing nature of female part-time work, this article provides a comparative analysis of the implications of female part-time work for different intrinsic job quality dimensions and job satisfaction. Drawing on national micro-data from Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden, our multivariate analyses show cross-national similarities in terms of lower job learning opportunities for female part-timers. We found a significantly higher incidence of repetitiveness only among Swedish female part-timers and lower degrees of task discretion among British, Dutch, and Swedish women working part-time hours. Female part-timers were either equally satisfied with their work as female full-timers or even more satisfied. This held true also after accounting for the lower intrinsic job quality of part-time work. While women working part-time hours were as affected by their job quality characteristics as were full-timers, we conclude that the shorter hours of work per se provide an important additional source of job satisfaction.
Keywords: Part-time work, job quality, satisfaction, international comparative research, Europe
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Article
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/41392
Year of publication: 9. December 2016