Quality of working life of academics and researchers in the UK: the roles of contract type, tenure and university ranking

Rita Fontinha, Darren Van Laar, Simon Easton

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Abstract

Quality of Working Life has been defined as the part of overall quality of life that is influenced by work. We developed a mediation model where home-work interface, job and career satisfaction, control at work, and working conditions are considered to be positively related to employee commitment and to the absence of stress at work. These two variables were ultimately related to general well-being. We considered possible differences between workers with different contract types (permanent vs. temporary), as well as the roles of tenure and average position of the University in the UK rankings. Quantitative survey data from 510 academics and researchers working in 8 British Universities were analysed via a multi-group analysis with structural equation modelling (SEM). Our model presented a good fit, and a bootstrapping analysis confirmed the significance of indirect effects. Significant differences were found between permanent and temporary workers and striking results were found regarding tenure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)786-806
Number of pages21
JournalStudies in Higher Education
Volume43
Issue number4
Early online date27 Jul 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018

Keywords

  • British higher education
  • quality of working life
  • permanent vs temporary work
  • tenure
  • well-being

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