ERIC Number: ED435798
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Implications of Flexible Staffing Arrangements for Job Stability. Upjohn Institute Staff Working Paper No. 99-056. Revised.
Houseman, Susan N.; Polivka, Anne E.
A study examined the job stability of workers in the following flexible staffing arrangements: agency temporary, direct-hire temporary, on-call, contract company, independent contractor, and regular part-time work. Two data sources were used in the analysis. The first was a nationwide survey of employers on their use of flexible staffing arrangements. It provided evidence on why employers use various types of flexible staffing arrangements and the extent to which employers move workers in these positions into regular arrangements within their organization. The second data source was the Supplement to the February 1995 Current Population Survey (CPS) on Contingent and Alternative Work Arrangements. The longitudinal component was used to compare the subsequent labor market status of individuals in flexible work arrangements and those in regular full-time positions. Findings indicated that, except for independent contractors, workers in flexible staffing arrangements have less job stability than those in regular full-time arrangements because they are more likely to switch employers, become unemployed, or involuntarily drop out of the labor force within a year. The degree of job stability varied considerably across arrangements. Recent growth in certain types of flexible staffing arrangements could have translated into small declines in aggregate job stability and account for a substantial share of the modest increase in job switching observed over the last decade. (Seven tables are appended. Contains 24 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Career Change, Employer Attitudes, Employment Patterns, Employment Practices, Labor Turnover, Part Time Employment, Self Employment, Tenure, Unemployment
Publications Department, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 300 South Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 ($3). Tel: 616-343-7310.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Upjohn (W.E.) Inst. for Employment Research, Kalamazoo, MI.