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Does employment status matter for job quality?

Investigates the job quality associated with different employment statuses in the EU, drawing on data from the 2015 European Working Conditions Survey. Discusses the aim to develop better jobs outlined in the Lisbon Strategy of 2000. Highlights initiatives to support equal treatment of workers, and develop rights and standards across the EU. Aims to assess whether employment status is associated with job quality, or if differences in working conditions arise as a result of other factors such as occupation, sector or sociodemographic characteristics. Compares working conditions of five non-standard employment statuses (long-term temporary employee, short-term temporary employee, economically dependent solo self-employed worker, independent solo self-employed worker and employer) to permanent employee status, and compares part-time status to full-time. Examines differences across the Member States, clustered into five groups: Anglo-Saxon, Northern, Continental, Southern and Central-eastern and Baltic countries (CEEB). Reveals that permanent employment is still the most prevalent employment status throughout the EU, accounting for 66% of employment. Finds that temporary and part-time workers as well as self-employed workers without employees are more likely to experience poorer job quality than permanent employees. Notes that temporary employee (particularly with a short-term contract) is the most disadvantaged status: workers with this status have poorer career prospects and less scope to exercise their skills and discretion in the workplace. Recommends that labour market policies should focus more on job quality.


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Eiffe, Franz Ferdinand; Parent-Thirion, Agnès; Biletta, Isabella
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