This paper was published as Working Paper 17 by the Centre for Labour Market Studies, University of Leicester. It is available from http://www.clms.le.ac.uk/research/wpapers.lassoMetadata only entryFor at least three decades, beginning in the 1950s, the majority of workers in the\ud industrialised west have shared a similar employment history - one based on fulltime\ud permanent work. However, over the last decade the number of such\ud opportunities have started to decline and many workers are taking up ‘atypical’ or\ud ‘non-standard’ forms of employment. Using data from the UK’s Labour Force\ud Survey, and the Canadian General Social Survey, this paper traces the trends in\ud ‘non-standard’ work over the 1989 to 1994 period. The findings illustrate that,\ud although the majority of workers are still in full-time permanent jobs, an increasing\ud proportion are engaged in ‘non-standard’ work. The paper also highlights that\ud certain groups are more likely to be involved in non-standard work than others, and\ud that increasingly these tend to be made up of workers at one end or other of the\ud working age spectrum
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