Flexibility and security in contemporary labour markets

Fabio Berton, Matteo Richiardi and Stefano Sacchi

in The political economy of work security and flexibility

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9781847429070
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307631 | DOI:
Flexibility and security in contemporary labour markets

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In the most recent institutional and academic literature, both work flexibility and worker security are understood as concepts with a multifaceted nature. Flexibility of a work relationship involves aspects concerning hiring and firing costs, the wage, the time schedule, the organisation of work and the place where it is carried out. In turn, the degree of security that workers enjoy depends on all those factors that affect their capability to provide themselves with a decent standard of life through participation to the labour market or by accessing public income-maintenance schemes. No theory is able to provide indubitable insights on whether enhancing the dimensions of work flexibility affects positively or negatively the security of workers. Hence, this is basically an empirical matter.

Keywords: Work flexibility; Worker security; Employment security; Job security; Wage security; Social security; Precariousness; Flexicurity; Multi-dimensional concept

Chapter.  7408 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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