What is it about?

During the Covid-19 lockdown many cultural workers were unable to work and lost much of their income. This happened because many cultural workers don't have permanent employment with fixed salary, instead they rely on earning from concerts and other live performances. This kind of precarious situation got worse during the lockdown and their well-being worsened as a result.

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Why is it important?

This finding is important because it clearly shows the downside of the kind of flexible employment and labour market typical for the cultural sector. Such employment arrangements are now widespread in several other sectors. The lockdown showed that even in a solid welfare state such as Norway government compensations were not adequate for the self-employed.


This article offers information about the cultural sector, Covid-19 induced lockdown and precarious working situations.

erik døving
Oslo Metropolitan University

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This page is a summary of: Precariousness during an ongoing crisis. Cultural workers and the corona pandemic, Industrial Relations Journal, September 2022, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/irj.12381.
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