The Precariat is Recruiting

Growing numbers of people are being pushed into a new and insecure workforce comprised of part-time and temporary staff. This temporary precarious labour force: the ‘precariat’, is now more numerous worldwide than any other occupational group. From de-industrialised environments to newly industrialising countries, young people represent the core of the emerging precariat where work and life are characterised by uncertainty and risk as a normal state of existence. Case Study Lucas, C. (2012) ‘Flexibility’ is what some call it; others say ‘job insecurity’. The Age, 12 March. https://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/flexibility-is-what-some-call-it-others-say-job-insecurity-20120320-1vhwl.html (accessed 12 September 2018) Final Assignment Question Is it a core task for businesses in the post-industrial economy to create opportunities for decent work, or may work and jobs in the future never be reconstituted as they were in the past? Indicative Points Who are the Salariat? What is the Precariat? What are the forms of job-related security that precariats lack? Why is the Precariat growing? What are some of the key challenges likely for the future? Further Reading Burrell, G. (1996) Hard times for the Salariat. In H. Scarborough (Ed.) The Management of Expertise, pp. 48-65. London: Macmillan Business. Standing, G. (2011) The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class. New York: Bloomsbury.