Flexibilizing employment : an overview

SEED Working Paper No. 41

Describes different forms of labour flexibility and examines legislative reforms and measures related to flexibility in external and internal labour markets and occupational and individual flexibility. Investigates trends in flexible forms of employment across countries during the 1990s and analyses the outcomes, highlighting the association between flexibilization and increasing labour market insecurity and inequality. Recommends measures for balancing the needs for flexibility, stability and worker protection.