Contract and job choice in different employment arrangements:: Are they of importance for perceived insecurity, employability, and well-being?
2007 (English)In: The 13th European Congress of Work and Organizational Psychology, 2007Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Studies on the consequences of temporary employment forms have provided a plethora of different findings and a widely accepted conclusion is that individual well-being in different types of employment arrangements depend on a variety of factors and not on the contract alone. Among these factors, perceived levels of job insecurity and employability have been discussed as detrimental and beneficial, respectively, for subjective well-being. Furthermore, research has found the degree of preference for the contract and job to be of relevance for well-being when different employment forms are compared. However, most of these comparisons typically do not take into account the heterogeneity of temporary contracts. Moreover, studies differentiating choice of contract and choice of job are scarce. Thirdly, mechanisms of these choices in different employment types and their relationships to a) perceived insecurity and employability and b) well-being still remain unclear. This paper uses questionnaire data from Sweden collected in 2004 as a part of the PSYCONES project and compares choices of contract and job in 705 employees working in a permanent, fixed term or on-call arrangements. Associations of these choices in different contracts are studied with respect to perceived levels of employability, job insecurity and long-term consequences for well-being in terms of general health and life satisfaction. Results suggest that working in a chosen job is an important predictor that interacts with contract choice and type of contract. Moreover, choices together with perceived levels of job insecurity and employability predict general health and life satisfaction. Only weak support is found for the hypothesis that the relationship of choices and well-being is mediated by perceptions of job insecurity and employability.
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