Thursday, September 18, 2008

[IWS] Work Foundation (UK): 'GOOD WORK': JOB QUALITY in a CHANGING ECONOMY [18 September 2008]

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Work Foundation (UK)

'Good Work': Job Quality in a Changing Economy [18 September 2008] =
[full-text, 89 pages]

Authors:  David Coats with Rohit Lehki

This paper sets out to explain why the quality of employment should be a matter of profound concern for government, employers and employees.

About the authors 4
Executive Summary 6
1. Why does job quality matter? 11
2. How much 'good work' is there in the UK and Europe? 24
3. How can we get more 'good work' in the UK? 64
4. Summary and conclusion 78
Bibliography 83

List of Figure and Tables
Figure 1: Employment change in the UK labour market 1996–2006 26
Figure 2: Temporary work 1997-2007 27
Figure 3: Occupational change 1994-2014 28
Figure 4: The 30-4-30 knowledge workforce 30
Figure 5: Job security an international comparison 31
Figure 6: Average job security by type of employee 32
Figure 7: Employee Task Discretion Index 1992-2006 37
Figure 9: Extent of autonomy in the workplace by country (0-5 scale) 41
Figure 10: Advanced functional flexibility by country 45
Figure 11: Mean usual working hours in main paid job 47
Figure 12: Percentage of employees working more than 48 hours a week 48
Figure 13: Often or almost always have enough time to get the job done 49
Figure 14: Working to tight deadlines and at very high speed 50
Figure 16: Changes in employee perception of employee relations 1998-2004 57

Table 1: Factors influencing a return to work and job sustainability 22
Table 2: Percentage of employees in job quality/job security categories by country 34

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