Quality of work and job satisfaction: Comparing female part-time work in four European countries
Number of Authors: 6
2016 (English)In: International Review of Sociology, ISSN 0390-6701, E-ISSN 1469-9273, Vol. 26, no 3, 457-481 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Adding to the debate on the integrative or marginalizing nature of female part-time work, this article provides a comparative analysis of the implications of female part-time work for different intrinsic job quality dimensions and job satisfaction. Drawing on national micro-data from Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden, our multivariate analyses show cross-national similarities in terms of lower job learning opportunities for female part-timers. We found a significantly higher incidence of repetitiveness only among Swedish female part-timers and lower degrees of task discretion among British, Dutch, and Swedish women working part-time hours. Female part-timers were either equally satisfied with their work as female full-timers or even more satisfied. This held true also after accounting for the lower intrinsic job quality of part-time work. While women working part-time hours were as affected by their job quality characteristics as were full-timers, we conclude that the shorter hours of work per se provide an important additional source of job satisfaction.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 26, no 3, 457-481 p.
Part-time work, job quality, job satisfaction, country comparisons, Europe
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-136648DOI: 10.1080/03906701.2016.1181839OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-136648DiVA: diva2:1055544