Precarious Employment and Quality of Employment in Relation to Health and Well-being in Europe

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This article presents an overview of the recent work on precarious employment and employment quality in relation to workers’ health and well-being. More specifically, the article mainly reviews the work performed in the E.U. 7th Framework project, SOPHIE. First, we present our overarching conceptual framework. Then, we provide a compiled overview of the evidence on the sociodemographic and European cross-country distribution of employment quality and employment precariousness. Subsequently, we provide the current evidence regarding the relations with health and broader worker well-being indicators. A final section summarizes current insights on the pathways relating precarious employment and health and well-being. The article concludes with a plea for further data collection and research into the longitudinal effects of employment precariousness among emerging groups of workers. Based on the evidence compiled in this article, policymakers should be convinced of the harmful health and well-being effects of employment precariousness and (further) labor market flexibilization.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-409
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Health Services
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017


  • employment conditions
  • employment quality
  • health
  • health inequalities
  • precarious employment
  • precariousness
  • well-being

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