Job quality and women’s labour market participation

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Piasna, A. ; Plagnol, A. (2015)
  • Publisher: European Trade Union Institute
  • Subject: HD28 | HQ

Policies aimed at further deregulation of employment have potentially detrimental effects on fertility levels and also on female employment rates after childbirth since they adversely affect job quality. The fact that job creation during the recent recession has occurred mainly in the form of non-standard employment contracts may entail a long-term negative impact in terms of fertility and female labour market participation rates. The EU should therefore concentrate on putting job quality back on to the policy agenda. This could be achieved through increased use of employment indicators, in particular job quality indicators, in the process of monitoring social and employment developments. The formulation of policy guidelines and of objectives in the area of job quality in the form of concrete targets could ensure that job quality will be given a higher profile and will become an explicit component of national trajectories and of key measures recommended for attaining the targets.
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