The wage and career consequences of temporary employment in Europe : Analysing the theories and synthesizing the evidence

Faculty/Professorship: Methods of Empirical Social Research  
Author(s): Latner, Jonathan  ; Saks, Nicole
Publisher Information: Bamberg : Otto-Friedrich-Universität
Year of publication: 2022
Pages: 1-17
Source/Other editions: Journal of European Social Policy. 32 (2022), 5, S. 514-530. - DOI: 10.1177/09589287221106969
is version of: 10.1177/09589287221106969
Language(s): English
Licence: Creative Commons - CC BY - Attribution 4.0 International 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-irb-571696
In Europe, the consequences of temporary employment are at the centre of a social policy debate about whether there is a trade-off between efficiency and equity when deregulating labour markets. However, despite decades of research, there is confusion about the consequences of temporary employment on wage and career mobility. It is often stated that the consequences are ‘mixed’. We review the literature with a focus on synthesizing the evidence and analysing the theories. Our review shows that we know a lot more than is often understood about the consequences of temporary employment on wage and career mobility. We create clarity by organizing the evidence by geographic region, demographic group and reference group. While outcomes vary across these factors, there is less variation within these factors. At the same time, we know a lot less than is often understood about the mechanisms through which temporary employment affects mobility. Some common theories are not well specified in their application to temporary employment. We create new opportunities for development in the field by increasing the scope of the debate about some questions and decreasing the scope of the debate about other questions.
GND Keywords: Europa; Befristetes Arbeitsverhältnis; Lohnentwicklung; Karriere
Keywords: review article, temporary employment, Europe, Labour market, wage mobility, career mobility
DDC Classification: 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology  
RVK Classification: MS 5000   
Type: Article
Release Date: 20. December 2022
Project: Open-Access-Publikationskosten 2022 - 2024

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