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The evolution of generalised and acute job tenure insecurity

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posted on 2019-05-20, 10:01 authored by Joseph Choonara
An earlier article by Gallie, Felstead, Green and Inanc demonstrates that employee insecurity can be divided into job tenure insecurity (anxieties about the continuity of employment) and job status insecurity (anxieties about the loss of valued features of the job). Here it is argued that job tenure insecurity can be further divided into acute and generalised variants. The former tracks the level of involuntary redundancies in the UK data and is grounded in a realistic assessment of the likelihood of involuntary job loss. The latter is driven by a range of factors, including the economic cycle and the intensification of work that is also associated with rising job status insecurity, and the permeation of insecurity through new sections of the workforce. Its greatest extent was in the mid-1990s and it rose again in the years following the 2008-9 recession.

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The analysis of data presented in this paper was undertaken as part of the author’s doctoral studies at Middlesex University Business School from 2014 to 2018. That research was funded by a scholarship generously granted by the university.

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Citation

Work, Employment and Society, 2019

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/School of Business

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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SAGE Publications (UK and US) for British Sociological Association

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0950-0170

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2019-05-09

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2019

Available date

2019-09-18

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https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0950017019855236

Language

en

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