Casual employment and employer strategy

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Weller, Sally Anne (1999) Casual employment and employer strategy. Labour & Industry: a journal of the social and economic relations of work, 10 (1). pp. 15-33. ISSN 1030-1763


This paper examines how recruitment practices have shaped the increasing incidence of casual work in manufacturing firms. The growth of casual employment is seen as an outcome of recruitment practices developed to meet internal labour demands in the context of changing labour regulations and changing relationships between firms and the labour market. This paper highlights the heterogeneous nature of casual jobs, identifying six forms of casual employment each with different purposes, causes and longer term labour market implications. While casual employment is a function of 'demand-side' factors, the recruitment strategies that stimulale its growth are formed through managers' perceptions of the quality and reliability of the available labour supply.

Item type Article
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES)
Historical > FOR Classification > 1401 Economic Theory
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