Recent developments in temporary employment: Employment growth, wages and transitions

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04 January 2016
Published
15 December 2015
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Abstract

Temporary employment has increased since the 1980s in most European countries as a result of demands for greater flexibility in labour markets and subsequent reforms of employment protection legislation. This report presents a broad picture of temporary employment across the EU27 between 2001 and 2012 based on Eurostat data. It maps the recent evolution of temporary employment, before and after the economic crisis. It calculates the wage gap between temporary and permanent employees and also analyses the wage gap within companies. The report also identifies the main determinants of temporary employment in terms of personal, company and job characteristics and examines the most relevant labour market transitions for temporary employees. The study 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. An executive summary is available - see Related content.

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    98
    Reference No: 
    EF1557
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    Recent developments in temporary employment: Employment growth, wages and transitions

    Temporary employment has increased since the 1980s in most European countries as a result of demands for greater flexibility in labour markets and subsequent reforms of employment protection legislation. This report presents a broad picture of temporary employment across the EU27 between 2001 and 2012 based on Eurostat data.

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    Recent developments in temporary employment: Employment growth, wages and transitions - Executive summary

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    Eurofound

    This report presents a broad picture of temporary employment across the EU27 (Croatia is not included). It maps the recent evolution of temporary employment, before and after the economic crisis, using EU Labour Force Survey data for 2001 to 2012. The report calculates the wage gap between temporary and permanent employees using data from the 2010 and 2006 waves of the Structure of Earnings Survey (SES), and makes an innovative empirical analysis of the wage gap within companies. It looks also at labour market transitions of temporary employees into permanent employment and non-employment using data from the EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions for 2006 to 2012. Read more in the report - see Related content.

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