Nontraditional employment: the careers of temporary workers

Nele De Cuyper, Rita Fontinha, Hans De Witte

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This chapter focuses upon the careers of temporary workers. Temporary employment for many workers presents a route to permanent employment. Other workers, however, get trapped into temporary employment or cycle
between unstable jobs and spells of unemployment. Predictors of such transitions are multiple. We selected two broad categories, namely perceived employability from the area of career research and health and well-being from
the area of occupational health and well-being research. The overall conclusion is that the association between temporary employment and both perceived employability and health and well-being is inconclusive. This suggests
that there are boundary conditions that may make some temporary workers successful and others not. Risk factors include dynamics related to the dual labor market, including lower job quality, lower investments on the part of
employers, and negative stereotyping of temporary workers as second-class citizens. On the positive side, many temporary workers have learned to manage their careers in the sense that they invest in training and in continuous
job search.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford handbook of job loss and job search
EditorsUte-Christine Klehe, E. A. J. van Hooft
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)978-199764921
Publication statusEarly online - 1 Jun 2014


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