Living with precarious work: The case of graduates in Denmark

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Precarious work is a term often associated with increasingly insecure wage and work conditions for unskilled or lowskilled workers, vulnerable groups and migrant workers working in the private sector. Reasons for that are obvious, since this is where the tendencies are first depicted. However, among graduates there is a increasing amount of employees with temporary work contracts, declining income and generally more insecure work conditions. In fact, numbers show that precariousness is growing faster among graduates than among other groups on the labour market.
In Denmark the labor market is strongly regulated by collective agreements and influential labor market organisations. It is surrounded by the so-called flexicurity model combining a high level of flexibility with a high level of social security. However - during the last decades the balance between flexibility and security has tipped in favor of flexibility and it is becoming increasingly difficult to acces social benefits. On a global level the precariousness must be seen related to the escalation of different forms of flexibility, postfordist deregulation, neoliberal governance and
In this paper, we present selected findings from a Danish research project, exploring how precarious work conditions begin to emerge in the academic part of the labour market. Unlike the majority of current Danish Research on precarious work, this study is mainly qualitative and seeks to explore the subjective dimensions of precariousness. The research questions focus on what precarity is about, when it is comes to graduates. How do the graduates interpret and respond to their conditions and how do they cope with the growing insecurity and unpredictability of their worklife?
Original languageEnglish
Publication date12 Sept 2018
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sept 2018
EventWork employment and society conference 2018: Putting Sociology to Work: Interdisciplinarity, intersectionality and imagination - Europa Hotel, Belfast , Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Sept 201814 Sept 2018


ConferenceWork employment and society conference 2018
LocationEuropa Hotel, Belfast
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
OtherThe thematic focus of the 2018 conference will be 'Putting Sociology to Work: Interdisciplinarity, intersectionality and imagination'. Since the classic sociological theorists, analysis of modern work has been a lynchpin of sociology. The 2018 Work, Employment & Society Conference seeks to revisit the origins of the discipline and advance current sociological understandings of work. WES 2018 will provide an imaginative space for sociology and cognate disciplines to consider what work is and to develop our interdisciplinary understanding of today’s increasingly intersectional sites of paid and unpaid work. Hence, the theme of the conference.
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