This volume provides a rigorous examination of key issues relating to employment in small businesses. These include an anlysis of the true extent of job crreation provided by small firms, the rleative quality of jobs in small firms, the growth of self-employment during the 1980s and the way in which the small firm interacts with its local labour markets. These issues are examined in an international context, wth comparative examples from the USA, the UK and Europe.
1. Small Firms and Employment John Atkinson and David Storey 2. Running to Stand Still: The Small Firm in the Labour Market John Atkinson and Nigel Meager 3. Employers’ Work-Force Construction Policies in the Small Service Sector Enterprise John Kitching 4. Labour Market Support and Guidance for the Small Business John Atkinson 5. Labour Intensive Practices in the Ethnic Minority firm Trevor Jones, David McEvoy and Giles Barrett 6. Employment and Labour Process Changes in Manufacturing SMEs During the 1980s David North, David Smallbone and Roger Leigh 7. Employment in Small Firms: Are Cooperatives Different? Evidence from Southern Europe Will Bartlett 8. Generating Enterprise and Employment in Disadvantaged Urban Areas Alan McGregor and Ruth Fletcher 9. The Characteristics of the Self-Employed: The Supply of Labour Hedley Rees and Anup Shah