An Occupational Perspective
Edited by Werner Eichhorst and Paul Marx
Chapter 6: Non-standard work, low-paid work and employment dynamics in Italy: evidence from an occupational perspective
Employment in Italy grew for more than ten years beginning in the mid-1990s and continuing to the outburst of the economic crisis in 2008. This period also witnessed a wave of labour market reforms. Starting in 1997, the liberalization of temporary agency work and of private employment services was followed by the implementation of EU directives on part-time work (2000) and fixed-term contracts (2001), and a further round of liberalization was then implemented at the margin in 2003. Despite some slight re-regulation of fixed-term contracts in 2008, Italy was the OECD country that liberalized its labour market the most during this period. Furthermore, this was accomplished exclusively by reducing constraints to hiring through temporary contracts (direct-hire fixed-term, temp agency work, independent contractors). Regulation of part-time work was also relaxed, not least through giving validity to clauses that allowed – to a certain extent – the employer to adjust the timing and overall length of work provision so as to accommodate production needs.
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