What is it about?

This study included information of workers from 28 countries in Europe. We compared health characteristics of the workers precariously employed with those that were not precariously employed. We found that precariously employed workers declared more frequently health problems (e.g. stress, depression, musculoskeletal problems) and being exposed to risks (e.g. violence in the workplace). Moreover, a higher proportion of precariously employed workers had been on a sick leave more than 15 days.

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Why is it important?

Our results show that bad quality employment arrangements are present in the whole European Union. Moreover, workers with these arrangements from all the European Union are declaring in a much higher percentage health problems. Therefore, we recommend to prioritize legislative measures for reducing bad quality employment arrangements in Europe.

Perspectives

I hope that studies like this one have a real impact on the stakeholders. An intervention is necessary, as soon as possible, to protect workers from precariousness and its health consequences.

MPH Nuria Matilla-Santander
Group of Evaluation of Health Determinants and Health Policies, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

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This page is a summary of: Precarious employment and health-related outcomes in the European Union: a cross-sectional study, Critical Public Health, March 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/09581596.2019.1587385.
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