Employability and job status as moderators of the effects of job insecurity on work outcomes

Bradley, Lisa & Clark, Lynette (2004) Employability and job status as moderators of the effects of job insecurity on work outcomes. In Elkin, G (Ed.) Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM 2004). People First Serving Our Stakeholders., 8-11 December 2004, Dunedin, New Zealand.


Despite greater use of temporary employment contracts, little is known about how employees react to job length uncertainty. Individual careers within the safety of one or two primary organisations are no longer the norm. This study investigates the effects of job insecurity and employment status (temporary/permanent) on work outcomes. Three hundred and ninety-one employees (122 temporary and 269 permanent) in low to medium level non-academic positions from two Australian universities completed a survey. The results show that a belief that comparable employment is easily available did not alleviate the negative effects of job insecurity. Work attitudes for temporaries and permanents though were differentially influenced by employee perceptions of their own employability.

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ID Code: 24014
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: job insecurity, employability, moderators, job status, temporary employees
ISBN: 0-476-01131-0
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 17 Jun 2009 14:19
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2012 11:00

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