An Occupational Perspective
Edited by Werner Eichhorst and Paul Marx
Chapter 8: Variation in the prevalence of temporary contracts across occupations in the UK
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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