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Contingent Work and Gender in Australia: Evidence from the 1995 Australian Workplace Industrial Relations Survey

Richard Hall, Bill Harley, Gillian Whitehouse

The Economic and Labour Relations Review | SAGE Publications | Published : 1998


The decreasing prevalence of the standard model of employment embodied by the ‘typical male full-time employee on a permanent contract’ can be seen both as risking the erosion of hard won labour rights and as offering the potential for a more flexible, less ‘male’ model. This paper addresses some of the ways in which this tension is played out, drawing on data from the 1995 Australian Workplace Industrial Relations (AWIRS95) Employee Survey to examine the implications for women workers of recent trends in contingent employment in Australia. Our analysis suggests that the growth in contingent employment in Australia has had little positive impact on women's experience of work. We conclude tha..

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