24 November 2017

Flex work for every type of labour

Recent years have seen a decrease in the percentage of workers in the Netherlands with a permanent employment contract. Meanwhile, the percentage of ‘flex workers’ – workers on temporary contracts – is growing. Because there are many different types of flex work, this group is difficult to map. Correlations can be found, however: between the type of flex work and the nature of the activities carried out, for example, and between the type of flex work and the profession. These are the findings of a new analysis by Dr Wendy Smits, endowed professor of Labour Market Flexibility: The Employer’s Perspective, which she will present during her inaugural lecture at Maastricht University today. Research into the consequences of flex work needs to take these differences into account, she argues. But more research is needed to map the vulnerable group of freelancers.