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Temporary Help Services Employment in Portugal, 1995–2000

Temporary Help Services Employment in Portugal, 1995–2000

(p.309) 9 Temporary Help Services Employment in Portugal, 1995–2000
Studies of Labor Market Intermediation
René BöheimAna Rute Cardoso
University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses primarily on earnings in temporary help jobs. Employment in temporary help service (THS) firms has increased throughout Europe over the last decade. The distinguishing feature of work for a THS firm is the tripartite nature of the relationship and the commercial nature of the contract signed between the THS firm and the placement firm, which sets it apart from a traditional labor contract between a worker and a firm. The comparison of mean wages points to a substantial and significant wage difference between THS and regular workers, despite the stringent legal requirements. Using unique, linked employer-employee data from Portugal that cover the entire private sector, whether workers in THS firms receive a lower wage than workers who work for other firms are investigated. The evidence collected lends support to attempts to safeguard the workers in THS firms and their subsequent career progression, in particular for prime-age and older workers.

Keywords:   temporary help service, THS, Portugal, labor contract, wages, legal requirements

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