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Zertifikat "audit berufundfamilie"

Inhaltsbereich: Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung

Mehr Beschäftigung um jeden Preis?


"Over the last two decades the employment landscape has changed. Normal working relationships - defined as dependent, permanent full-time employment subject to social security contributions - have become less important. More and more, gainful employment is being carried out on a part-time basis, often not or not fully subject to social security, or the job is arranged on a temporary basis or as agency work. Self-employment is also gaining in importance. Along with an increase in atypical forms of employment, the continual growth of the low-wage sector is a further significant structural change in the employment landscape. At the same time however, the developments described are not precisely delimited, as low-wage employment may apply to normal working relationships as well as to atypical forms of employment.
Two fundamental questions arise from these changes in the nature of employment: the first concerns the effect on level, that is, whether employment in general would have developed in a more favourable or less favourable way without the changes. In addition - in times of continuingly high and once more rising unemployment - the openness of the labour market is of especial importance. Do atypical employment relationships and low-paid jobs facilitate the transition out of unemployment and into the labour market, hereby fulfilling a bridging function? Both questions are examined below: first, and in detail, atypical forms of employment then the low-wage sector. (Author's abstract, IAB-Doku) ((en))


Bibliographical information

Dietz, Martin; Walwei, Ulrich (2010): More employment at any price? In: K. Kaudelka & G. Kilger (Eds.), Die Arbeitswelt von morgen. Wie wollen wir leben und arbeiten?, (Sozialtheorie), Bielefeld: transcript, pp. 57-87.