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The quality of jobs: the role of job security and the broader institutional context in European comparative case studies. Marie Curie Changing Employment ITN, Research Paper Series, 2016/004

Working paper
Authors Pedro Mendonca
Julia Kubisa
Laurens Deprez
Pille Strauss-Raats
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Sociology and Work Science
Language en
Keywords job quality, manufacturing, services, job security
Subject categories Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)


This paper1 explores workers’ experiences of job quality in two economic sectors: manufacturing and knowledge industries. Drawing on comparative empirical research from three case studies in Poland, the UK and Belgium, it highlights tensions between the EU aspiration for ‘more and better jobs’ and the flexible strategies of companies reacting to market pressures. The objective of this paper is to explore employment security in the country context and to consider how organizations deliver job security in terms of workers’ contractual status and its effects on job quality.

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