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Working time flexibility components and working time regimes in Europe: using company-level data across 21 countries

Chung, Heejung, Tijdens, Kea (2013) Working time flexibility components and working time regimes in Europe: using company-level data across 21 countries. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 24 (7). pp. 1418-1434. ISSN 1418-1434. (doi:10.1080/09585192.2012.712544)

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Abstract

Working time ?exibility comprises a wide variety of arrangements, from part-time, overtime, to long-term leaves. Theoretical approaches to grouping these arrangements have been developed, but empirical underpinnings are rare. This article investigates the bundles that can be found for various ?exible working time arrangements, using the Establishment Survey on Working Time and Work–Life Balance, 2004/2005, covering 21 EU member states and 13 industries. The results from the factor analyses con?rmed that working time arrangements can be grouped into two bundles, one for the employee-centred arrangements and second for the employer-centred arrangements, and that these two bundles are separate dimensions.Wealso tested the stability of the factor analysisoutcome, showing that although we ?nd some deviations from the pan-Europe and pan-industry outcome, the naming of the components as ?exibility for employees and ?exibility for employers can be considered rather stable. Lastly, we ?nd three country clusters for the 21 European countries using the bundle approach. The ?rst group includes the Northern European countries along side Poland and Czech Republic, the second group the continental European countries with UK and Ireland, and lastly, the southern European countries with Hungary and Slovenia.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/09585192.2012.712544
Uncontrolled keywords: company survey; cross-national study; ?exible working time; arrangements; latent components; working time regimes
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Heejung Chung
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2013 22:02 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:20 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/36325 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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