Temporary Employment and the Future Labor Market Status





Employment, wages, unemployment & rehabilitation


The aim of this article is to describe and explain the development of temporary employment in Sweden between 1992 and 2010, and to investigate the effect of temporary employment for individuals’ future career on the labor market. The article analyzes temporary employees’ status transitions on the labor market using Swedish Labour Force Survey (LFS) data for the period 1992–2010. Each cohort consists of 2-year panels and focuses on changes between the first and last measuring points. The findings indicate that the specific type of temporary employment is crucial as regards whether or not it constitutes a stepping-stone toward permanent employment. The chances are greater in the case of, for example, substitutes, but are considerably less in the case of on-call employment. Certain types of temporary employment thus seem to be used by the employer to screen the employability of the employee, while others are used for achieving flexibility

Author Biographies

Tomas Berglund, University of Gothenburg


 Professor, Department of Sociology and Work Science, E-mail:  Tomas.Berglund@socav.gu.se


Kristina Håkansson, University of Gothenburg

Professor, Department of Sociology and Work Science,

Tommy Isidorsson, University of Gothenburg

Associate professor, Department of Sociology and Work Science

Johan Alfonsson, University of Gothenburg

PhD Student, Department of Sociology and Work Science




How to Cite

Berglund, T., Håkansson, K., Isidorsson, T., & Alfonsson, J. (2017). Temporary Employment and the Future Labor Market Status. Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, 7(2), 27–48. https://doi.org/10.18291/njwls.v7i2.81593