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© Dr David Biggs GIVE THAT TO THE TEMP DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PERMANENT AND TEMPORARY WORKERS AS DETERMINED BY THE LABOUR FORCE SURVEY David Biggs
© Dr David Biggs Agenda Using the LFS for psychological research Differences between workers (temps, age, sex, sex & voluntary status, sex & age, voluntary nature, education, ethnicity, pay, occupation and geography) Longitudinal use of data Conclusions on the LFS research
© Dr David Biggs Using the LFS for research The LFS is crucial in our understanding of individuals within the labour market We can ask a number of questions from this data set and get the answers that may lead us into other research areas We can quickly ascertain – Similarities between groups – Differences between groups
© Dr David Biggs Differences between workers Labour Force Survey (Winter 1998) surveyed 56,322 workers 92.57% of workers were permanent workers (N= 52,138) 7.43% of workers were temporary workers (N= 4,184)
© Dr David Biggs Differences between temps
© Dr David Biggs Differences in age
© Dr David Biggs Differences in sex More male than female permanent workers Opposite in both agency workers and non- agency workers Replicates other studies, i.e., Casey (1988) and Foxley (1997)
© Dr David Biggs Differences in sex & voluntary nature of temporary employment The reason for working as a temporary worker can class workers as being in voluntary or involuntary temporary employment In the US, Feldman et al (1995) found that more women than men were likely to be voluntary agency workers The data from the LFS confirmed this research finding in the UK
© Dr David Biggs Differences in sex & age Albert and Bradley (1998) stated that more women attracted to this type of work later in their careers
© Dr David Biggs Males: Differences in sex & age
© Dr David Biggs Females: Differences in sex & age
© Dr David Biggs Voluntary differences in temps
© Dr David Biggs Educational Differences The LFS contains a number of variables regarding training and education This is useful as questions relating to work and education can be examined Non-agency workers are twice as likely to be in education than permanent or agency workers Non-agency workers are better qualified than permanent or agency workers
© Dr David Biggs Educational Differences
© Dr David Biggs Ethnic Differences
© Dr David Biggs Pay differences
© Dr David Biggs Other differences Agency workers dominate clerical roles High proportion of non-agency temporary workers in professional role Agency workers are more popular in South East England
© Dr David Biggs Other uses – Longitudinal data
© Dr David Biggs Conclusions on the LFS data Differences between permanent workers, agency workers and non-agency temporary workers found Supports the notion that these workers are different and as such warrant further study QUESTIONS ???
© Dr David Biggs
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