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Fear at work in Britain: first findings from the Skills and Employment Survey 2012

Gallie, Duncan, Felstead, Alan, Green, Francis and Inanc, Hande 2013. Fear at work in Britain: first findings from the Skills and Employment Survey 2012. [Project Report]. London: Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies, Institute of Education. Available at: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/research/explore/find-a-p...

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Abstract

Fear at work can take several forms – worry about loss of employment, about unfair treatment and about job status loss in the organisation. This report examines what has been happening in British workplaces over the last decade.  Fear of job loss has increased sharply, especially over the period following the recession of 2008-09. Men are consistently more worried about job loss than women. But the increase in concern about job loss has been particularly great among female employees.  In 2012 just under one third (31%) of employees were anxious about unfair treatment at work. Just over half of all employees (52%) reported anxiety about loss of job status.  In the past both fear of job loss and fear of unfair treatment at work were far more common in the private than in the public sector. In 2012 fear of job loss was higher in the public than in the private sector, while fear of unfair treatment had become more similar to the level in the private sector. Fear of status loss was also higher in the public sector.  Fear of unfair treatment and fear of loss of status were both increased by the experience of technical and organisational change in recent years. An important factor offsetting fear at work was the degree of participation allowed to employees with respect to organisational decisions.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Publisher: Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies, Institute of Education
Funders: EPSRC, UK Commission for Employment and Skill
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2017 12:23
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/67986

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