Redesigning Labour Market Policies for the Future of Work: Lessons from the ‘Intermittents du Spectacle’ scheme in France
Existing labour market policies were designed when permanent full-time jobs and one-occupation careers were commonplace. However, these fail to address new forms of work arrangements: task-based contracts, on-call work, zero-hours contracts, dependent self-employed, or the gig economy. The uncertain nature of these forms of employment means that workers bear greater risk and are increasingly vulnerable to unexpected life events. The increase in active gig-workers from 2.3 million in 2016 to 4.7 million in 2019 suggests a growing need for reform. The research team aims to inform an optimal policy response by investigating and learning from a unique safety net developed for art workers in France, the ‘intermittent du spectacle’ (IDS).
Author affiliationSchool of Business, University of Leicester
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