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Contingent Work Arrangements

Contingent work arrangements

During the past few decades there has been a gradual international trend toward a fundamental restructuring of the employment contracts between organizations and workers. At the broadest level there has been the suggestion that the ‘normal’ or ‘standard’ work arrangements of most workers during the twentieth century has increasingly been replaced with ‘alternative’ or ‘non-standard’ work arrangements (Bergstrøm and Storrie, 2003; Gallie et al., 1998; Kalleberg et al., 2003; Quinlan and Bohle, 2004; Smith, 2001; Voudouris, 2004; Zeytino?lu, 1999). One such growing form of non-standard employment, by contemporary standards, is the hiring of workers on ‘contingent’ or ‘fixed-term contracts.’

The objective of this chapter is to provide a brief description, explanation, and evaluation of the growing worldwide presence of contingent employment ...

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