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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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    • 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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