How important is the type of working contract for job satisfaction of agency workers?

How important is the type of working contract for job satisfaction of agency workers? Int Rev Econ (2018) 65:359–379 https://doi.org/10.1007/s12232-018-0300-4 RESEARCH ARTICLE How important is the type of working contract for job satisfaction of agency workers? René Petilliot Received: 10 January 2018 / Accepted: 23 May 2018 / Published online: 31 May 2018 © Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract Previous research finds that agency workers are less satisfied with their job than regular workers. This paper analyzes whether this difference can be explained by the duration of the working contract agency workers are employed on. The analysis leads to three results. First, agency workers’ contract type does not explain their lower job satisfaction. Second, agency workers on permanent contracts are significantly less satisfied with their job than regular workers on the same con - tract. Third, agency workers on fixed-term contracts do not differ in job satisfaction from regular workers on both fixed-term and permanent contracts. The difference in job satisfaction between permanently employed agency and regular workers can partly be explained by changes in the reference point. Overall, the results, however, lend support to the conclusion that agency workers on fixed-term contracts regard their employment as stepping stone while those on permanent contracts appear to be trapped in this type of employment. Keywords Job http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Review of Economics Springer Journals

How important is the type of working contract for job satisfaction of agency workers?

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Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature
Subject
Economics; Political Economy/Economic Policy; Economic Theory/Quantitative Economics/Mathematical Methods; Social Policy; History of Economic Thought/Methodology; Law and Economics; Quality of Life Research
ISSN
1865-1704
eISSN
1863-4613
D.O.I.
10.1007/s12232-018-0300-4
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Int Rev Econ (2018) 65:359–379 https://doi.org/10.1007/s12232-018-0300-4 RESEARCH ARTICLE How important is the type of working contract for job satisfaction of agency workers? René Petilliot Received: 10 January 2018 / Accepted: 23 May 2018 / Published online: 31 May 2018 © Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract Previous research finds that agency workers are less satisfied with their job than regular workers. This paper analyzes whether this difference can be explained by the duration of the working contract agency workers are employed on. The analysis leads to three results. First, agency workers’ contract type does not explain their lower job satisfaction. Second, agency workers on permanent contracts are significantly less satisfied with their job than regular workers on the same con - tract. Third, agency workers on fixed-term contracts do not differ in job satisfaction from regular workers on both fixed-term and permanent contracts. The difference in job satisfaction between permanently employed agency and regular workers can partly be explained by changes in the reference point. Overall, the results, however, lend support to the conclusion that agency workers on fixed-term contracts regard their employment as stepping stone while those on permanent contracts appear to be trapped in this type of employment. Keywords Job

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International Review of EconomicsSpringer Journals

Published: May 31, 2018

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