The Social Economics of Job Quality
Chapter 1: Introduction
1.1. AIMS AND STRUCTURE OF THIS BOOK The aim of this book is threefold. The first is to discuss the different options available for the construction of an indicator of job quality for comparative purposes, and their implications. The second is to provide an overview of existing indicators of job quality, their development and on-going work at national and international level. The third is to present our own proposal of an index of job quality applicable to the European context that can offer a rigorous evaluation of job quality in Europe. To be able first to evaluate the different available indicators or systems of indicators of job quality, and later to develop our own Job Quality Index (JQI), it is necessary to have a clear idea of the different steps that have to be taken in the process of constructing such an indicator. The obvious starting point is the discussion of the pertinence and value of constructing an indicator of job quality. The process of building an indicator is long and costly, both in time and resources; therefore, the first task to be accomplished is to present a convincing justification of the need for yet another economic and social indicator. In the second part of this introduction we present a list of reasons that justify the increasing social and political concern about this issue, as reflected in the programmes of international organizations such as the ILO (International Labour Organization) (Decent Work Agenda) and the European Union (the ‘more and better...