Non-standard 'contingent' employment and job satisfaction: a panel data analysis

Hielke Buddelmeyer, Duncan McVicar, Mark Wooden

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Contingent forms of employment are usually associated with low-quality jobs and, by inference, jobs that workers find relatively unsatisfying. This assumption is tested using data from a representative household panel survey covering a country (Australia) with a high incidence of nonstandard employment. Results from the estimation of ordered logit regression models reveal that among males, both casual employees and labor-hire (agency) workers (but not fixed-term contract workers) report noticeably lower levels of job satisfaction, though this association diminishes with job tenure. Negative effects for women are mainly restricted to labor-hire workers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256-275
Number of pages20
JournalIndustrial Relations
Issue number2
Early online date12 Mar 2015
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015

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