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Unpredictable times: the extent, characteristics and correlates of insecure hours of work in Britain

Felstead, Alan, Gallie, Duncan, Green, Francis and Henseke, Golo 2020. Unpredictable times: the extent, characteristics and correlates of insecure hours of work in Britain. Industrial Relations Journal 51 (1-2) , pp. 34-57. 10.1111/irj.12279

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Abstract

This article presents new British evidence that suggests that cutting working hours at short notice is twice as prevalent as zero‐hours contracts and triple the number of employees are very anxious about unexpected changes to their hours of work. The pay of these employees tends to be lower, work intensity higher, line management support weaker and the threat of dismissal and job loss greater. In addition, the well‐being of these employees is lower and they are less committed to the organisations that employ them. However, the prevalence of insecure working hours is reduced by workplace level employee involvement exercised individually or through collective representation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0019-8692
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 20 November 2019
Date of Acceptance: 19 November 2019
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2020 10:42
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/126986

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