Scarred by your employer? The effect of employers’ strategies on the career outcomes of non-standard employment

Lucille Mattijssen*, Dimitris Pavlopoulos, Wendy Smits

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Abstract

In this article, we investigate how the strategies employers have for using non-standard employment – screening, workforce adaptability or cost reduction – affect the career outcomes of workers. To investigate this, we use multichannel sequence analysis to produce a typology of employment and income trajectories of workers with non-standard contracts in the Netherlands. The results show that workers starting employment in firms that use non-standard employment as a screening
device are most likely to have careers with high levels of employment security. Strong scarring effects on the career are only found for workers who start employment in firms with cost reduction strategies.
Original languageEnglish
JournalWork and Occupations
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 9 Jan 2022

Keywords

  • non-standard employment
  • flexible employment
  • temporary contract
  • sequence analysis
  • Employer strategies
  • labour market

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