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Flexible working in Europe

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  • Brewster, Chris
  • Mayne, Lesley
  • Tregaskis, Olga

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This research paper analyzes and reports upon the current practice of flexible working amongst organizations in Europe: focussing on current developments in the use, by employing organizations, of parttime workers and a range of contractual variations (temporary work; fixed-term contracts etc). The analysis draws heavily, though not exclusively, upon a substantial, independent database of organizational level questionnaire responses covering all sectors of the economy in 14 European countries. We provide evidence that across Europe there is a substantial amount of flexible working and that there has been a continuing increase in its use. It is argued that these developments have considerable, as yet little understood, implications for policy makers, individuals and employers.

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  • Brewster, Chris & Mayne, Lesley & Tregaskis, Olga, 1997. "Flexible working in Europe," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 32(2), pages 133-151, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:worbus:v:32:y:1997:i:2:p:133-151
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    1. Danièle Meulders & Luc Wilkin, 1987. "Labour market flexibility :critical introduction to the analysis of a concept," ULB Institutional Repository 2013/57880, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
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    11. Gospel, Howard., 2003. "Quality of working life : a review on changes in work organization, conditions of employment and work-life arrangements," ILO Working Papers 993623463402676, International Labour Organization.
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