New research shows that job dissatisfaction is strongly linked to people’s decisions to leave permanent work for the uncertain world of temporary employment.
An analysis of data collected from almost 69,000 British people from 1991 to 2009 found that higher levels of anxiety and distress were a good indicator that people in a permanent job would leave to go into temping, casual work or seasonal labor.
The research, conducted by Professor Don Webber and Dr. Michail Veliziotis of the University of the West of England, Dr. Chris Dawson of the University of Bath, and Dr. Gail Pacheco of AUT University in New Zealand, was presented at the British Sociological Association’s conference in Warwick.
Preliminary analysis of the data shows that those who, in the year after being interviewed, switched from permanent to temporary employment were 76 percent more likely to suffer from increased levels of anxiety than those who stayed in permanent work through the 18-year period, according to Pacheco.
They were also around 40 percent more likely to be suffering from heightened levels of psychological distress, she said.
“We found that permanent employees who would move to temporary employment in the future had levels of poor mental health relatively similar to those already working in temporary employment,” she said. “So poor mental health is not a consequence of becoming a temporary worker, but a good predictor of workers who will move to temporary employment in the future. We also found that lying behind this poor mental health was dissatisfaction with their existing permanent job.”
Source: British Sociological Association