Mapping rise of temporary employment in Europe / Eurofound News, February 2016
Demands for greater flexibility in labour markets, and reforms in employment protection legislation related to these demands, have led a growth in temporary employment in most European countries since the 1980s. Eurofound’s new report Recent developments in temporary employment: Employment growth, wages and transitions takes a broad perspective on this phenomenon, examining temporary employment in the EU27 in the period 2001–2012. The report maps the recent evolution of temporary employment, before and after the economic crisis, calculates the wage gap between temporary and permanent employees and analyses the wage gap within companies. It finds evidence of segmentation in a number of European labour markets, whereby temporary employees have poor pay and labour market prospects, while permanent employees enjoy high levels of job security and opportunities for career progression. Download the report.