This book brings together leading international authors from a number of fields to provide an up-to-date understanding of part-time work at national, sector, industry and workplace levels. The contributors critically examine part-time employment in different institutional settings across Europe, the USA, Australia and Korea. This analysis serves as a prism to investigate wider trends, particularly in female employment, including the continued increase in part-time work and processes that are increasingly creating dualisation and inequality between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ jobs.
“This rich collection, with contributions from leading scholars, broadens our understanding of part-time work in contemporary labour markets. The study of the politics of part-time work - at different levels and in a wide range of countries and its consequences for the quality of work and work-life balance - offers an invaluable contribution to scholars and students in the field.” Anne Lise Ellingsæter, University of Oslo
“This book provides a much-needed contemporary analysis of part-time work in an era of increasingly fragmented employment. It delivers new and important insights around the motivations for part-time work, job quality and regulation across different institutional contexts. Highly recommended.” Jim Arrowsmith, Massey Business School and University of Warwick
Heidi Nicolaisen is a Researcher at the Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research, Norway.
Hanne Kavli is Senior Researcher at the Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research, Norway.
Ragnhild Steen Jensen is a Researcher at the Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research, Norway.
Part 1: Introduction;
Dualization of part-time work - the new normal? ~ Heidi Nicolaisen, Hanne Kavli and Ragnhild Steen Jensen;
Part 2: Institutional and organizational regulations of part-time work;
Regulations and governance of part-time work at the European level ~ Sonia Bekker and Dalila Ghailani;
So far, so close? Employment de-standardisation trends in Italy and Spain and their effects in gender equality ~ Lara Maestripieri and Margarita León;
Dualist employer responses to national regulations – the case of the Norwegian health care industry ~ Hanne C. Kavli, Heidi Nicolaisen & Sissel Trygstad;
Part 3: Work-family reconciliation policies and part-time work;
Why do women work in ‘Minijobs’ in Germany? Explanation with supply and demand side factors ~ Birgit Pfau-Effinger and Thordis Reimer
Part-time work strategies of working parents in the Netherlands and Australia ~ Mara A. Yerkes and Belinda Hewitt;
How Does the South Korean Labor Market Marginalize Female Part-Time Workers? ~ Sophia Seung-yoon Lee and Min Young Song;
Part 4: Working conditions;
Good and Bad Part-Time Jobs in the United States ~ Kenneth Hudson and Arne L. Kalleberg;
Part-time work and wage levels in private services - does gender matter ~ Trine P. Larsen, Anna Ilsøe and Jonas Felbo-Kolding;
Part time working women’s access to other flexible work arrangements across Europe ~ Heejung Chung;
Part 5: Part-time work and labour market mobility;
Dualization or normalisation of part-time work in the Nordic countries: job quality and mobility over time ~ Kristine Nergaard and Juokko Nätti;
Immigrant women in part-time employment – stepping in or stepping out? ~ Hanne C. Kavli and Roy Nilsen;
Part 6: Conclusion;
Conclusion ~ Heidi Nicolaisen, Hanne C. Kavli and Ragnhild Steen-Jensen.