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Low-skill Work in Flux


  • Karen Jaehrling

    () (Institut Arbeit und Technik, Wissenschaftszentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen)

  • Claudia Weinkopf

    () (Institut Arbeit und Technik, Wissenschaftszentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen)


This paper addresses the question of how far traditional assumptions about low-skill jobs are still appropriate today. Are we really dealing with activities without any particular skill requirements? How do firms proceed in filling such posts? What role is being played in this respect by ?atypical? employment relationships? The analysis is based on an evaluation of available studies on recruitment problems and low-skill jobs and case studies of recruitment into low-skill jobs in several service industries. There are several indications that job requirements are changing and becoming more differentiated, which would suggest that low-skill work is in a state of flux. Firms adopt a range of different recruitment strategies in order to fill such posts, among which flexible employment relationships and so-called mini-jobs play a role.

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  • Karen Jaehrling & Claudia Weinkopf, 2005. "Low-skill Work in Flux," management revue. Socio-economic Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 16(3), pages 389-403.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:mamere:1861-9908_mrev_2005_03_jaehrling

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    HR Management; Low-skill Work; Recruitment; Labour Market Policy;

    JEL classification:

    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • J53 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Labor-Management Relations; Industrial Jurisprudence
    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General


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