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Transient Jobs and Lifetime Jobs: Dualism in the British Labour Market

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  • Burgess, Simon
  • Rees, Hedley

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How long does a job last in Britain? The authors find that many workers have very short jobs and many have very long jobs. They estimate that in 1990, 40 percent of men were in jobs that will last twenty years or more. On the other hand, 24 percent were in jobs lasting less than five years. The authors conclude that the labor market is still capable of offering 'lifetime jobs' to many workers. Policy analysis of issues such as reform of the welfare state, pensions, and training should take note that reports of the death of 'jobs for life' appear to be exaggerated. Copyright 1997 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd

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  • Burgess, Simon & Rees, Hedley, 1997. "Transient Jobs and Lifetime Jobs: Dualism in the British Labour Market," Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, vol. 59(3), pages 309-328, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:obuest:v:59:y:1997:i:3:p:309-28
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    1. Xiaolin Xing & Zhenlin Yang, 2005. "Determinants of Job Turnover Intentions: Evidence from Singapore," SCAPE Policy Research Working Paper Series 0515, National University of Singapore, Department of Economics, SCAPE.
    2. Miikka Rokkanen & Roope Uusitalo, 2013. "Changes in Job Stability – Evidence from Lifetime Job Histories," Finnish Economic Papers, Finnish Economic Association, vol. 26(2), pages 36-55, Autumn.
    3. Francis Green, 2003. "The Rise and Decline of Job Insecurity," Studies in Economics 0305, School of Economics, University of Kent.
    4. Bergemann, Annette & Mertens, Antje, 2004. "Job Stability Trends, Layoffs and Transitions to Unemployment - An Empirical Analysis for West Germany," CEPR Discussion Papers 4792, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    5. Joao Ricardo Faria, 2000. "An Economic Analysis of the Peter and Dilbert Principles," Working Paper Series 101, Finance Discipline Group, UTS Business School, University of Technology, Sydney.
    6. Phil Evans, 1998. "Why has the female unemployment rate fallen so much in Britain?," Bank of England working papers 87, Bank of England.

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