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Title: Contrasting Fortunes Across the Life Course: Non-Standard Work Among Women and Men in Canada and the United Kingdom
Authors: Felstead, Alan
Krahn, Harvey
Powell, Marcus
First Published: 1998
Publisher: Centre for Labour Market Studies, University of Leicester
Citation: Centre for Labour Market Studies, Working Paper 17
Abstract: For at least three decades, beginning in the 1950s, the majority of workers in the industrialised west have shared a similar employment history - one based on fulltime permanent work. However, over the last decade the number of such opportunities have started to decline and many workers are taking up ‘atypical’ or ‘non-standard’ forms of employment. Using data from the UK’s Labour Force Survey, and the Canadian General Social Survey, this paper traces the trends in ‘non-standard’ work over the 1989 to 1994 period. The findings illustrate that, although the majority of workers are still in full-time permanent jobs, an increasing proportion are engaged in ‘non-standard’ work. The paper also highlights that certain groups are more likely to be involved in non-standard work than others, and that increasingly these tend to be made up of workers at one end or other of the working age spectrum.
Series/Report no.: CLMS Working Papers
Type: Report
Description: This paper was published as Working Paper 17 by the Centre for Labour Market Studies, University of Leicester. It is available from
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