Non-standard forms of employment: Recent trends and future prospects

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13 September 2017
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Storrie, Donald

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This report examines developments in non-standard employment over the last decade. It looks at trends in the main categories of non-standard employment – temporary, temporary agency and part-time work and self-employment – based mainly on data from the European Union Labour Force Survey. It discuRead more

This report examines developments in non-standard employment over the last decade. It looks at trends in the main categories of non-standard employment – temporary, temporary agency and part-time work and self-employment – based mainly on data from the European Union Labour Force Survey. It discusses some aspects of the labour market situation of workers in these categories including wages and the extent to which they would prefer a standard employment status. The report includes a specific focus on work mediated by digital platforms, which is the most innovative of the new forms of employment that have emerged in the past decade. Digital platform work is thought to have considerable potential for growth but also to present challenges related to working conditions and social protection. Social protection issues surrounding other new forms of employment, as identified in earlier Eurofound research, are also highlighted. 

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  • Report

    Number of pages: 
    42
    Reference no.: 
    EF1746
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1630-7
    Catalogue no.: 
    TJ-04-18-203-EN-N
    DOI: 
    10.2806/882537
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    Non-standard forms of employment: Recent trends and future prospects

    Author(s): 
    Storrie, Donald

    This report examines developments in non-standard employment over the last decade. It looks at trends in the main categories of non-standard employment – temporary, temporary agency and part-time work and self-employment – based mainly on data from the European Union Labour Force Survey. It discusses some aspects of the labour market situation of workers in these categories including wages and the extent to which they would prefer a standard employment status.

    Produced at the request of the Estonian EU Presidency in the context of Conference on the ‘Future of Work: Making IT e-Easy‘, 13-14 September 2017

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  • Executive summary

    Reference no.: 
    EF17461
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    Non-standard forms of employment: Recent trends and future prospects

    Author(s): 
    Eurofound

    The main focus of this paper is the growth of non-standard employment over the last decade. It finds that, apart from part-time work, there has not been an increase in non-standard employment during this time. However, both temporary contracts and self-employment grew, quite strongly in some Member States. The most relevant of possible future developments of non-standard work, whatever their contractual form, are related to digitalisation. The cost efficiency of work mediated by digital platforms implies that potential exchanges of low economic value relative to the transaction cost, which previously were not economically viable, are becoming so. 

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  • New forms of employment

    This series reports on the new forms of employment emerging across Europe that are driven by societal, economic and technological developments and are different from traditional standard or non-standard employment in a number of ways. This series explores what characterises these new employment forms and what implications they have for working conditions and the labour market.

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