Precarious employment, precarious life? A qualitative study exploring the perspective of temporary agency workers and their households

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BACKGROUND: Previous research demonstrated the negative consequences of precarious employment for the health and well-being of employees. However, the broader social consequences of precarious employment are under-examined.

OBJECTIVE: This study explores the broader impact of precarious employment on the life course, family and social life of households. A multi-actor perspective is adopted, considering the perspectives of different household members.

METHODS: For this aim, in-depth (household) interviews among temporary agency workers in Belgium are conducted.

RESULTS: The results reveal that precarious employment influences the life course and family and social life in three ways: (1) by hindering or facilitating life course events and transitions of household members, (2) by influencing the daily life and household planning, and (3) by influencing the mood of household members.

CONCLUSION: The consequences of precarious employment reach further than the work environment; they impact the life course, and social and family life of workers. Moreover, precarious employment does not only influence the workers themselves, but also their household members, which is often forgotten in studies. Therefore, policy makers should consider the far-reaching consequences of precarious employment when developing (flexible) labour market policies.

Originele taal-2English
Artikelnummer75
Pagina's (van-tot)113-127
Aantal pagina's15
TijdschriftWork: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation
Volume75
Nummer van het tijdschrift1
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StatusPublished - mei 2023

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