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Measuring and Assessing Job Quality: The OECD Job Quality Framework


  • Sandrine Cazes


  • Alexander Hijzen


  • Anne Saint-Martin



This paper presents the OECD Framework for Measuring and Assessing Job Quality developed jointly by the Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Directorate and the Statistics Directorate of the OECD as part of a broader EU-supported project1 and describes its links to the broader well-being agenda pursued by the OECD. The approach to job quality taken is explicitly multi-dimensional and defined in terms of earnings quality, labour market security and quality of working environment. The paper then discusses measurement choices and indicators selected for each of the three dimensions of job quality, highlighting the main limitations on the data front. Finally, the paper documents job quality across OECD and non OECD countries as well as across socio-economic groups for which data are available. Ce document présente le nouveau cadre de mesure et d’évaluation de la qualité de l’emploi, développé conjointement par la Direction de l’Emploi, du Travail et des Affaires Sociales et la Direction des Statistiques de l’OCDE. Ce travail s’inscrit dans un projet plus large sur la qualité de l’emploi, financé par l’Union Européenne. La qualité de l’emploi y est décrite en relation avec l’agenda plus global de l’OCDE sur le bien-être. L’approche choisie pour définir la qualité de l’emploi est explicitement multidimensionnelle et retient la qualité des revenus du travail, la sécurité sur le marché du travail et la qualité de l’environnement professionnel comme les trois dimensions fondamentales. Le papier discute ensuite les choix méthodologiques et les indicateurs proposés dans le cadre de mesure, en en soulignant les possibles limites. Enfin, le papier présente un portrait statistique de la qualité de l’emploi, entre pays (OCDE et non OCDE) mais aussi par groupes sociodémographiques.

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  • Sandrine Cazes & Alexander Hijzen & Anne Saint-Martin, 2015. "Measuring and Assessing Job Quality: The OECD Job Quality Framework," OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers 174, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:elsaab:174-en
    DOI: 10.1787/5jrp02kjw1mr-en

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    1. Marek Gora & Piotr Lewandowski & Maciej Lis, 2017. "Temporary employment boom in Poland – a job quality vs. quantity trade-off?," IBS Working Papers 04/2017, Instytut Badan Strukturalnych.
    2. Barbara Dluhosch & Daniel Horgos, 2019. "International Competition Intensified: Job Satisfaction Sacrificed?," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 143(2), pages 479-504, June.
    3. Werner Eichhorst, 2017. "Labor Market Institutions and the Future of Work: Good Jobs for All?," Working Papers id:11689, eSocialSciences.
    4. Léa Toulemon, 2016. "Job quality, Health Insurance and the Price of Medical Products: Essays in Applied Economics," Sciences Po publications info:hdl:2441/3018m4nhj18, Sciences Po.
    5. David C. Ribar & Mark Wooden, 2020. "Four Dimensions of Quality in Australian Jobs," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 96(S1), pages 26-49, June.
    6. Yosuke Jin & Aida Caldera Sánchez & Pilar Garcia Perea, 2017. "Reforms for more and better quality jobs in Spain," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 1386, OECD Publishing.
    7. Martine Durand & Romina Boarini, 2016. "“Well-Being as a Business Concept”," Humanistic Management Journal, Springer, vol. 1(1), pages 127-137, September.
    8. Margarita Atanassova, 2020. "Quality of Working Environment – Challenges to the Attractiveness of Organizations as an Employer in Bulgaria," Economic Studies journal, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Economic Research Institute, issue 6, pages 26-43.
    9. Bakker, Vincent & Van Vliet, Olaf, 2019. "Social Investment, Employment Outcomes and Policy and Institutional Complementarities: A Comparative Analysis across 26 OECD countries," MPRA Paper 96140, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    10. Léa Toulemon & Lexane Weber-Baghdiguian, 2016. "Long-term Impact of Job Displacement on Job Quality and Satisfaction: Evidence from Germany," Working Papers halshs-01418183, HAL.
    11. Berthelon, Matias & Kruger, Diana & Lauer, Catalina & Tiberti, Luca & Zamora, Carlos, 2020. "Longer School Schedules, Childcare and the Quality of Mothers’ Employment: Evidence from School Reform in Chile," GLO Discussion Paper Series 525, Global Labor Organization (GLO).

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    JEL classification:

    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • J28 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy
    • J65 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment Insurance; Severance Pay; Plant Closings
    • J81 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - Working Conditions

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