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Job quality in Europe: the North-South divide

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  • Maria da Conceição Cerdeira

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    (SOCIUS, Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão (ISEG))

  • Ilona Kovács

    ()
    (SOCIUS, Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão (ISEG))

Abstract

This paper examines the job quality in Europe. It is based on the results of the Fourth European Foundation Survey on working conditions covering different dimensions including work organisation, job content, autonomy at work, aspects of worker dignity, working time and work-life balance, working conditions and safety in the workplace. The results point to the existence of great diversity in the job quality across Europe and the north-south divide. The job quality differences are related to the variety of social and institutional contexts. The countries of Southern Europe, with their social and institutional contexts falling within the scope of the Mediterranean model, generally present indicators below the European average contrasting Nordic countries having the best job quality indicators.

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Article provided by Universidade Nova de Lisboa, IET/CESNOVA-Research on Enterprise and Work Innovation, Faculty of Science and Technology in its journal Enterprise and Work Innovation Studies.

Volume (Year): 4 (2008)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
Pages: 21-47

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Handle: RePEc:ieu:journl:v:4:y:2008:i:4:p:21-47

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Keywords: Job Quality; North and South European Countries; Social and Institutional Context;

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