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Job flexibility and job insecurity : the Dutch case

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Author: Klein Hesselink, D.J. · Vuuren, T. van
Institution: TNO Arbeid
Source:European journal of work and organizational psychology, 2, 8, 273-293
Identifier: 276629
Keywords: Biology · Arbeidswet · Nederland · Flexibilisering van de arbeid · Bestaanszekerheid · Welzijn · Winkelsluitingswet · Arbeidstijdenwet · Flexibele arbeidsrelaties


Since the 1970s the flexible workforce in the Netherlands has been an important factor of labour force growth. The question raised in this article is whether job flexibility gives rise to feelings of job security. It appears that flexiworkers experience more job insecurity than workers with permanent contracts. For this reason most workers prefer a permanent contract in the future. Next, the authors consider how the Dutch government and work organizations prepare themselves for this new flexiworking situation. How do they keep the demand for flexibility in balance with the need for commitment of workers, so as to ensure quality delivery of products and services? Recent legislation (Working Time Law, Shopping Time Law and Law on Flexibility and Security) stimulates flexibility but also protects against job insecurity.