Who has two jobs and why? Evidence from rural coastal communities in west Scotland

Heather Dickey*, Ioannis Theodossiou

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article examines the incidence of and reasons for multiple-job holding in the context of rural communities where multiple-job holding is viewed as an important means of promoting community sustainability. Drawing upon a unique data set of a relatively homogeneous population living in an isolated area on the west coast of Scotland, where employment opportunities are limited, dual-job holding is investigated within the fisheries and aquaculture occupations. Evidence is found that the hours constraints motive for multiple-job holding better explains multiple-job-holding behavior among employed rural workers in aquaculture than among self-employed fishermen, and that educational attainment has a positive impact on the incidence of multiple-job holding.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-301
Number of pages11
JournalAgricultural Economics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01 May 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Multiple-job holding
  • Sustainability of rural communities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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