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Trapped in Precariousness? Risks and Opportunities of Female Immigrants and Natives Transitioning from Part-Time Jobs in Spain

Jacobo Muñoz-Comet and Stephanie Steinmetz
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Jacobo Muñoz-Comet: Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Spain
Stephanie Steinmetz: Université de Laussane, Switzerland

Work, Employment & Society, 2020, vol. 34, issue 5, 749-768

Abstract: Using panel data from the Spanish Labour Force Survey (2008–2016), we explore the risks and opportunities of job transitions (to unemployment, inactivity, full-time work and promotion) of female immigrants and natives in part-time work. This is the first study examining the two possible functions of part-time employment (stepping stone or trap) for different types of women across different working time categories. It contributes to the ongoing discussion about the function of non-standard work by applying an intersectional lens. Our results confirm that the signalling of different types of part-time job works positively, although the signal is weaker for immigrant women, particularly for those working in marginal and substantial part-time employment. The main sociodemographic and structural drivers of labour transitions explain only partially the gross migrant–native differences. As female immigrants experience a stronger outsider position, additional determinants of signalling beyond human capital and labour market segmentation factors might be at work.

Keywords: full-time work; job loss; labour transitions; marginal employment; signalling; working hours (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1177/0950017020902974

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