On 2 and 3 March the 5th EU-User Conference was organised by GESIS, Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences. This edition focused on labour market, young adulthood, income dynamics, innovations, gender wage gap as well as on methodological topics. Our colleagues M. Symeonakei, M. Karamessini and G. Stamatopoulou from the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences were invited to give a presentation titled ‘Introducingan an index of early job insecurity: a comparative analysis among European countries with evidence from the EU-LFS.
Besides, briefly presenting the NEGOTIATE project the presentation mainly evolved around the contents of the research conducted by our colleagues from the Panteion University. The aim for their work is to propose an index for measuring the degree of early jobs insecurity, compare European countries in order to consider whether there’s a convergence or a divergence when it comes to early job insecurity and to cluster those countries producing different clusters of countries according to the degree of early job insecurity present in the country. In order to do so, they explained what job insecurity actually entails, dividing it as a subjective experience and an objective one. Subjectively it’s either the individual’s estimate of the probability that one will lose their job in the future or the fear, worry or anxiety of losing one’s job. Objectively, job insecurity is rather linked to human capital, labour mobility, job search, job matching and turnover, job competition and labour market segmentation.
They then explained where they got their data from (EU-LFS 2014, people aged between 15-29 years), its limitations, indicators (concerning labour market outcomes, employment (in)security, job quality, transitions form school and relative changes in unemployment rates), and finally what methodology they used to get to the early job insecurity index. The results show that there are significant differences between countries, with the Southern European countries scoring the lowest when it comes to job insecurity.