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Flexibility for Whom? Working time flexibility practices of European companies

Chung, Heejung (2009) Flexibility for Whom? Working time flexibility practices of European companies. Working paper. Amsterdam Institute for Advanced labour Studies, Amsterdam (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Working time fl exibility comprises a wide variety of arrangements, from part-time, overtime, to longterm leaves. Theoretical approaches to grouping these arrangements have been developed, but empirical underpinnings are rare. This paper investigates the bundles that can be found for various fl exible working time arrangements, using data of the Establishment Survey on Working Time (ESWT), 2004/2005, covering 21 EU member states and 13 industries. Using factor analyses, the results confi rmed that working time arrangements can be grouped into two bundles, one for the employee-centred arrangements, a second for the employer-centred arrangements, and that these two bundles are separate dimensions. We have also tested the stability of the factor analysis outcome, showing that although there are some deviations from the pan- Europe and pan-industry outcome, the naming of the components as fl exibility for employees and fl exibility for employers can be interpreted as holding rather stable. Lastly, we also fi nd that there are three country clusters that can be found for the 21 European countries using the bundle. The fi rst group consisting of the Northern European countries with 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: Monograph (Working paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: flexible working time arrangements, company survey, cross-national study, latent components, working time regimes
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2014 15:48 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:51 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/38259 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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