Scars of Early Job Insecurity Across Europe: Insights from a Multi-Country Employer Study

Imdorf, Christian; Shi, Lulu P.; Sacchi, Stefan; Samuel, Robin; Hyggen, Christer; Stoilova, Rumiana; Yordanova, Gabriela; Boyadjieva, Pepka; Ilieva-Trichkova, Petya; Parsanoglou, Dimitris; Yfanti, Aggeliki (2019). Scars of Early Job Insecurity Across Europe: Insights from a Multi-Country Employer Study. In: Hvinden, Bjørn; Hyggen, Christer; Schoyen, Mi Ah; Sirovátka, Tomáš (eds.) Youth Unemployment and Job Insecurity in Europe (pp. 93-116). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar 10.4337/9781788118897.00011

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Episodes of unemployment or deskilling work can signal low ability to employers and impede individuals’ employment chances. In this chapter we analyse how the scarring effects of experiences of job insecurity vary across countries. We presented fictitious CVs integrated in an online survey to 1920 respondents recruiting for real jobs in five occupational fields in Bulgaria, Greece, Norway and Switzerland. Our findings show that unemployment scarring is strongest in Norway, followed by Switzerland, and is weaker in Bulgaria and Greece. Work experience in deskilling jobs as well as frequent changes of jobs (job-hopping) are also found to decrease applicants’ chances. We interpret our findings with regard to different national economies (youth unemployment), employment protection legislation and education systems, arguing that these country-specific settings shape recruiters’ perceptions of individuals’ precarious job experience, which in turn influences their hiring decisions

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Sociology

UniBE Contributor:

Sacchi, Stefan

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education

ISBN:

9781788118880

Publisher:

Edward Elgar

Funders:

[103] European Commission FP7

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stefan Sacchi

Date Deposited:

16 Apr 2019 15:39

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2019 04:59

Publisher DOI:

10.4337/9781788118897.00011

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.127175

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/127175

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