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Temporary Help Services Employment in Portugal, 1995–2000

René Böheim and Ana Rute Cardoso

in Studies of Labor Market Intermediation

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780226032887
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226032900 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226032900.003.0010
Temporary Help Services Employment in Portugal, 1995–2000

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This chapter focuses primarily on earnings in temporary help jobs. Employment in temporary help service (THS) firms has increased throughout Europe over the last decade. The distinguishing feature of work for a THS firm is the tripartite nature of the relationship and the commercial nature of the contract signed between the THS firm and the placement firm, which sets it apart from a traditional labor contract between a worker and a firm. The comparison of mean wages points to a substantial and significant wage difference between THS and regular workers, despite the stringent legal requirements. Using unique, linked employer-employee data from Portugal that cover the entire private sector, whether workers in THS firms receive a lower wage than workers who work for other firms are investigated. The evidence collected lends support to attempts to safeguard the workers in THS firms and their subsequent career progression, in particular for prime-age and older workers.

Keywords: temporary help service; THS; Portugal; labor contract; wages; legal requirements

Chapter.  8852 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Econometrics and Mathematical Economics

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