Contingent High-Skilled Work and Flexible Labor Markets. Creative Workers and Independent Contractors Cycling Between Employment and Unemployment

  • Pierre-Michel Menger
  • Swiss Journal of Sociology, January 2017, De Gruyter
  • DOI: 10.1515/sjs-2017-0015

Flexible labor markets and unemployment insurance designs.

What is it about?

Flexibility in highly skilled jobs combines the characteristics of the secondary and the professional labor market, which blurs the boundaries between salaried work and self-employment. Two cases are studied: the employment system of artists and technical workers in the performing arts, and the work of independent contractors provided by umbrella firms. An analysis of the French labor market shows how that "'flexicurity" may work, but also how its books get unbalanced, as employees learn to make strategic use of unemployment insurance.

Why is it important?

Freelancing and flexicurity are on the rise. Are there safety nets that may mitigate the employment risks?

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