1st Edition

International Perspectives on Temporary Work

Edited By John Burgess, Julia Connell Copyright 2004
    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    199 Pages
    by Routledge

    The numbers of workers employed on a temporary basis has grown massively over the last few decades. The benefits to firms of hiring workers on a temporary basis are clear and generally can be reduced to their cheaper short term cost. The status of workers employed in this manner however means that they are less likely to receive the same rights as their permanent working colleagues. This impressive new book provides the first serious analysis of temporary work and its effect on the economy as well as its ramifications for workers.

    1. International Aspects of Temporary Agency Employment: An Overview 2. Cycles of Contingency: The Temporary Staffing Industry and Labour Market Adjustment in the U.S. 3. Temporary Agency Work in the EU: An Overview 4. Temporary Agency Labour in the UK 5. New Employment Patterns: Agencies and Agency Workers in the Netherlands and Denmark 6. Temporary Employment: The Situation in Canada 7. Agency Temporary Work and Government Policy in Contemporary Japan 8. Temporary Agency Work in Australia (Part I) 9. Temporary Agency Work in Australia (Part II): Motivation, Dynamics and Prospects 10. Agencies, Agency Workers and Atypical Employment in New Zealand


    John Burgess is Associate Professor at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
    Julia Connell is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of of Business at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

    ‘This volume presents an insightful review of the research into this growing area of the international economy. As a collection, this book represents an excellent overview and introduction to the use of temporary work across the world … [it] admirably provides a broad overview of the current state of play.’ – Labour and Industry