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Employability among insecure/temporary workers.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2006 (English)In: The 7th Conference of the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology: Dublin, 8-10 November., 2006Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

This study investigates the role of job insecurity and employability in employees' job satisfaction and organizational commitment. More speficially, we investigate possible differential effects of job insecuirty and employability of fixed-term workers as compared to permanent workers. Job insecurity in this context refers to perceptions about the continuity of the current job in the future, while employability concerns perceptions about availabel alternatives on the external labour market. Recent research consistently shows that job insecurity yiels unfavourable attitudes among permanents, while it is not predictive for the attitudes of temporary workers. Various authors have suggested that employability may explain these puzzling findings. first, it has been speculated that temporaries increasingly rely on employability rather than job security to safeguard their position on the labour market. Accordingly, employability may represent an alternative form of security, which is highly predictive for temporaries' attitudes. On the other hand, it may be that job insecurity yields negative effects only for temporary employees who feel they may not be able to find alternative employment (interactive effect). Simple slope regression analyses on a sample of 539 Belgian employees supported earlier findings on the role of job insecurity: job insecurity was associated with lower levels of job satisfaction and organizational commitment among permanent, but not temporary workers. However, results did not support explanations in terms of employability: neither employability nor the interaction of it with job insecurity was predictive for temporaries' attitudes, while they were for permanents: employability buffered negative effects of job insecurity in the permanent sample. Implications for future research are discussed.

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employment status, job insecurity, employability
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-21301OAI: diva2:187827
Available from: 2007-12-07 Created: 2007-12-07Bibliographically approved

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