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Non-Standard Employment in Post-Industrial Labour Markets

Non-Standard Employment in Post-Industrial Labour Markets

An Occupational Perspective

Edited by Werner Eichhorst and Paul Marx

Examining the occupational variation within non-standard employment, this book combines case studies and comparative writing to illustrate how and why alternative occupational employment patterns are formed. Through expert contributions, a framework is developed integrating explanations based on labour market regulation, industrial relations and skill supply, filling the gaps in previous scholastic research.

Chapter 8: Variation in the prevalence of temporary contracts across occupations in the UK

Alison Koslowski and Caitlin McLean

Subjects: economics and finance, labour economics, social policy and sociology, comparative social policy, labour policy


The UK labour market has undergone a series of structural changes during the past 40 years, in line with global trends (e.g. Crouch, 1999; Mau and Verwiebe, 2010). Female labour market participation has been on the rise. The service sector has become increasingly dominant. Trade unionism and collective bargaining have been on the decline as statutory employment protection has become more prominent. These shifts have coincided with an increase in ‘non-standard’ or, alternatively conceived, ‘flexible’ forms of employment. Currently, the UK would typically be described as a ‘flexible’ labour market, characterised by relatively little differentiation between standard and non-standard contracts with regard to statutory employment protection.

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