Winners or losers? Work/life balance and temporary agency workers

Underhill, Elsa 2005, Winners or losers? Work/life balance and temporary agency workers, Labour & industry, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 29-60.

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Title Winners or losers? Work/life balance and temporary agency workers
Author(s) Underhill, ElsaORCID iD for Underhill, Elsa
Journal name Labour & industry
Volume number 16
Issue number 2
Start page 29
End page 60
Publisher Griffith University
Place of publication Nathan, Qld.
Publication date 2005-12
ISSN 1030-1763
Keyword(s) working hours
part-time employment
Summary This article focuses upon temporary' agency workers' capacity to balance work/life needs. Two extremes are identified within the Victorian temporary agency labour market. On the one hand, there are skilled temporary agency workers employed in areas of high demand accompanied by labour shortages. Nurses are one such group. At the other extreme, there are skilled and semi-skilled temporary agency workers who face a shortfall in demand for permanent, direct hire employees. Drawing upon a survey and focus groups of temporary agency workers, their potential for achieving a satisfactory work/life balance is assessed in relation to control over working time, income and employment security, and a narrow band of employment conditions. The findings differ substantially between the two groups of agency workers, contributing to significantly different perceptions of the personal benefits of working through a temporary employment agency.
Language eng
Field of Research 150306 Industrial Relations
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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