Non-standard Employment in the Nordics – toward precarious work?

Stine Rasmussen, Jouko Nätti, Trine Pernille Larsen, Anna Ilsøe, Anne Helene Garde

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This article examines nonstandard employment and precariousness in four Nordic countries (Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway). Drawing on data from the Labour Force Survey from 1995 to 2015, the article investigates and compares recent developments of nonstandard em-ployment in the countries and analyzes whether fixed-term contracts, temporary agency work, marginal part-time work and solo self-employment have precarious elements (measured as in-come or job insecurity). We conclude that nonstandard employment has remained rather stable in all four countries over time. However, although nonstandard employment seems to be largely integrated in the Nordic labor markets, it still entails precarious elements in certain countries in particular. Norway and Denmark stand out as having less insecure labor markets, while Finland and Sweden have more precariousness associated with nonstandard employment. We argue that these differences are explained by differences in the institutional contexts in the countries.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNordic Journal of Working Life Studies
Volume9
Issue numberS6
Pages (from-to)7-32
Number of pages25
ISSN2245-0157
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019

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Rasmussen, S., Nätti, J., Larsen, T. P., Ilsøe, A., & Garde, A. H. (2019). Non-standard Employment in the Nordics – toward precarious work? Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, 9(S6), 7-32.
Rasmussen, Stine ; Nätti, Jouko ; Larsen, Trine Pernille ; Ilsøe, Anna ; Garde, Anne Helene. / Non-standard Employment in the Nordics – toward precarious work?. In: Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies. 2019 ; Vol. 9, No. S6. pp. 7-32.
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Rasmussen, S, Nätti, J, Larsen, TP, Ilsøe, A & Garde, AH 2019, 'Non-standard Employment in the Nordics – toward precarious work?', Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, vol. 9, no. S6, pp. 7-32.

Non-standard Employment in the Nordics – toward precarious work? / Rasmussen, Stine; Nätti, Jouko; Larsen, Trine Pernille; Ilsøe, Anna; Garde, Anne Helene.

In: Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, Vol. 9, No. S6, 01.06.2019, p. 7-32.

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