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Job preferences and the intrinsic quality of work: the changing attitudes of British employees 1992-2006

Gallie, D., Felstead, Alan and Green, F. 2012. Job preferences and the intrinsic quality of work: the changing attitudes of British employees 1992-2006. Work, Employment & Society 26 (5) , pp. 806-821. 10.1177/0950017012451633

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Abstract

The value that employees attach to the intrinsic aspects of work is important for whether or not job quality issues should have a central place on the social agenda. This article examines whether the importance that British employees attach to intrinsic job quality changed between 1992 and 2006. It uses two nationally representative surveys of employees. It finds no evidence to support the view that there has been a shift towards instrumental job preferences. On the contrary, it shows that intrinsic job preferences rose over the period. The growth in importance of intrinsic orientations is associated with rising levels of education and parental encouragement in education, the improvement of people’s jobs with respect to skill, learning opportunities and employee involvement and higher incomes and security.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Uncontrolled Keywords: job quality; quality of work; work attitudes; work orientations
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 0950-0170
Funders: ESRC
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:32
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/40596

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