The Temporary Work Sector in Australia and Ireland: Modest, growing and under-recorded

University of New South Wales
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The Economic and Labour Relations Review, 2005, April, 15 (2), pp. 199 - 211
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While temporary agency work possesses several conceptual and empirical challenges for researchers, it also poses challenges for regulators. This paper considers some of these challenges concerning various definitions, classifications and measurement of temporary work while comparing the Australian and Irish experience. It is concluded that while agency work in Ireland and Australia is modest, it is growing, and the conceptual and empirical problems associated with its under-recording pose difficulties for the design and implementation of a regulatory code for this sector.
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