New forms of employment: Developing the potential of strategic employee sharing

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21 November 2016
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Author(s): 
Mandl, Irene

Abstract

Although standard employment is still dominant in European labour markets, an increasing range of new employment forms is emerging that differ in their implications for working conditions. This study explores strategic employee sharing, an employment form for companies that have specific HR needsRead more

Although standard employment is still dominant in European labour markets, an increasing range of new employment forms is emerging that differ in their implications for working conditions. This study explores strategic employee sharing, an employment form for companies that have specific HR needs that do not justify a permanent full-time position, but are often recurring, by hiring one or several workers who work on assignments, and whose skills and time are shared among a group of companies. These companies have joint responsibility and liability towards the shared workers who are ensured ‘equal pay, equal treatment’ with core staff. Yet in spite of the win–win potential of this employment form for both companies and workers, it is not widely known and only marginally used. This report explores the preconditions for a further spread of strategic employee sharing as well as its impact on employers and employees. 

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  • Report

    Number of pages: 
    40
    Reference no.: 
    EF1643
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1553-9
    Catalogue no.: 
    TJ-06-16-031-EN-C
    DOI: 
    10.2806/470081
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    New forms of employment: Developing the potential of strategic employee sharing

    Author(s): 
    Mandl, Irene

    Although standard employment is still dominant in European labour markets, an increasing range of new employment forms is emerging that differ in their implications for working conditions. This study explores strategic employee sharing, an employment form for companies that have specific HR needs that do not justify a permanent full-time position, but are often recurring, by hiring one or several workers who work on assignments, and whose skills and time are shared among a group of companies.

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  • Executive summary

    Reference no.: 
    EF16431
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    New forms of employment: Developing the potential of strategic employee sharing

    Author(s): 
    Eurofound

    This study explores the employment model of ‘strategic employee sharing’, which can be applied if a group of employers have specific recurring, human resources (HR) needs that can be planned in advance and combined across companies. The participating companies establish an ‘employer group’ which becomes the formal employer of one or more shared workers and coordinates their assignments to the participating firms. In this way, the workers get access to permanent full-time employment with a single employer (although they work in several different companies) that would not be otherwise available. 

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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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