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Contrasting Fortunes Across the Life Course: Non-Standard Work Among Women and Men in Canada and the United Kingdom

By Alan Felstead, Harvey Krahn and Marcus Powell


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

Publisher: Centre for Labour Market Studies, University of Leicester
Year: 1998
OAI identifier: oai:lra.le.ac.uk:2381/8655
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