Title

Estimating the use of agency workers : can family-friendly practices reduce their use?

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Industrial Relations : A journal of Economy and Society

Publication Date

7-1-2011

Volume

50

Issue

3

First Page

535

Last Page

564

Abstract

This paper uses establishment data to estimate the determinants of using agency workers. It contends that there is a class of family-friendly practices including workplace nurseries, flexitime, home working, and job sharing that promote the norm of the “ideal worker” who concentrates on work. Because such practices increase the ability of employers to direct worker effort, they will be associated with a lower use of agency workers. Our findings confirm this hypothesis. The implication is that any growth in family-friendly practices may work against the ongoing expansion in agency jobs.

DOI

10.1111/j.1468-232X.2011.00645.x

Print ISSN

00198676

E-ISSN

1468232X

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2011 The Regents of the University of California

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Heywood, J. S., Siebert, W. S., & Wei, X. (2011). Estimating the use of agency workers: Can family-friendly practices reduce their use? Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, 50(3), 535-564. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-232X.2011.00645.x