Work sharing: A strategy to preserve jobs during the global jobs crisis. Policy Brief No.1

In the context of the current global economic recession there has been a growing interest in work sharing as a labour market policy tool aimed at preserving existing job

Work sharing is a reduction of working time intended to spread a reduced volume of work over the same (or a similar) number of workers in order to avoid layoffs or, alternatively, as a measure intended to create new employment. There are essentially five elements that may be included in work sharing policies and programmes, not all of which are present in all work sharing programmes.