Temporary agency work: conceptual, measurement and regulatory issues

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Group Researching Organisations, Work, Employment and Skills
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
International Journal of Employment Studies, 2005, 13 (2), pp. 19 - 42
Issue Date:
2005-01
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This article examines the evolving temporary agency work sector in Australia. Agency work is expanding in Australia and in many other Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) economies, reflecting a worldwide trend as many businesses attempt to reduce labour costs and expand just-in-time employment arrangements. At the same time the temp help industry has been globalised through the multinational growth of large temporary agencies. However, the temporary agency employment relationship is highly ambiguous. While the European Union is attempting to regulate both the operators and employment within the sector, in Australia the sector is largely unregulated, although some developments are taking place in State jurisdictions (notably Queensland and New South Wales). In this article comparisons and contrasts are made regarding the temporary work situation and regulation in Australia with that of the European Union.
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