Job tenure in turbulent times

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16 July 2015
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15 July 2015
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Abstract

This report describes the findings of a study of change in job tenure between 2002 and 2012 in the EU. The study examined change in mean tenure as well as the distribution of short and long tenure in the EU and in individual Member States. It also looked at differences in tenure according to different sociodemographic and job characteristics (gender, age, skill level, permanent and temporary employment, occupation and economic sector), examining in particular how tenure evolved before and during the economic and financial crisis. The link between job tenure and earnings was also investigated. Although the descriptive evidence did not reveal a decline in mean tenure or a decline in the relative importance of long-term employment relationships, analyses controlling for certain sociodemographic and job characteristics provided some evidence of an underlying trend of declining average tenure in EU Member States. An executive summary is available - see Related content.

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    Number of Pages: 
    112
    Reference No: 
    EF1524
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1385-6
    DOI: 
    10.2806/420768
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    Job tenure in turbulent times

    This report describes the findings of a study of change in job tenure between 2002 and 2012 in the EU. The study examined change in mean tenure as well as the distribution of short and long tenure in the EU and in individual Member States. It also looked at differences in tenure according to different sociodemographic and job characteristics (gender, age, skill level, permanent and temporary employment, occupation and economic sector), examining in particular how tenure evolved before and during the economic and financial crisis.

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    EF15241
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    Job tenure in turbulent times - Executive summary

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    Changes in the economic environment over past decades have led to growing concern about decreasing job stability and the disappearance of the ‘job for life’. There is a fear that globalisation and technological progress have led to changes in the labour market, which may in turn have reduced job tenure (defined as the length of time a worker has been continuously employed by the same employer). In addition to these potential long-term trends, the recent economic and financial crisis may also have affected job stability. Read more in the report - see Related content.

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