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Temporary Jobs in Ireland: Does Class Influence Job Quality?

  • Richard Layte

    (The Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin)

  • Philip O'Connell

    (The Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin)

  • Helen Russell

    (The Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin)

Fixed term and casual employment have become increasingly common in OECD countries in the last decade. Research suggests that non-permanent contracts are associated with lower job quality. This paper examines differentials in three indicators of job quality in Ireland: hourly wage, probability of training and level of autonomy. The paper also examines four hypotheses on job quality derived from transaction cost and insider-outsider theories which suggest an important interaction between social class position, non-permanent employment and job quality. Results show that fixed term and casual contracts are associated with lower earnings, less training and lower autonomy.

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Volume (Year): 39 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 81-104

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