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Transitions from temporary employment to permanent employment among young adults: The role of labour law and education systems
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0199-0435
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Demographic and Ageing Research (CEDAR).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1260-5077
2019 (English)In: Journal of Sociology, ISSN 0004-8690Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Temporary work is common across Europe, especially among young people. Whether temporary employment is a transitory stage on the road to standard employment, and whether this varies depending on institutional contexts, is controversial. This article investigates variability in transition rates from temporary to permanent employment across Europe, and how this is related to employment protection legislation (EPL) and the vocational specificity of education systems. We utilize harmonized panel data from the European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions, covering 18 European countries and including 34,088 temporary workers aged 18–30. The results show that stricter EPL is associated with lower rates of transitions to permanent employment, while partial deregulation, with strict EPL for permanent contracts but weaker EPL for temporary contracts, is associated with higher transition rates. Vocationally specific education systems have higher transition rates, on average. Moreover, the role of EPL is conditional on the degree of vocational specificity.

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Sage Publications, 2019.
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age groups, education systems, employment opportunities, labour market, social stratification, unemployment, welfare state, youth
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Sociology; Social Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-163490DOI: 10.1177/1440783319876997ISI: 000488721600001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-163490DiVA, id: diva2:1353403
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