Job satisfaction and mental health of temporary agency workers in Europe: a systematic review and research agenda
The current systematic literature review aimed to analyse the associations between temporary agency work (TAW), job satisfaction, and mental health in Europe, as well as to outline a future research agenda. Twenty-eight scientific articles were identified by searching different data bases for the time span from January 2000 to December 2016. Our review reveals first that TAW is not consistently negatively related to job satisfaction. However, job insecurity and working conditions are important mediators in the relation of TAW and lowered job satisfaction. Second, TAW is not consistently related to all investigated types of mental health impairments. However, when focusing on specific outcomes and comparing temporary agency workers to permanent employees, we still find consistent evidence regarding higher levels of depression and fatigue among temporary agency workers. Inconsistent associations between TAW, job satisfaction and mental health can partly be attributed to unfavourable methodological aspects of the included primary studies. To address these aspects, future research should consider applying a standard measurement of TAW, including a minimum of meaningful confounding variables, improving the operationalisation of outcome variables and the study design.
|Author(s)||L. Hünefeld, S. Gerstenberg, J. Hüffmeier|
|Year of publication||Jan, 2019|
|Journal||Work & Stress|
|Volume, Number||2019, 1|
|Website / Document||Visit|
Nieuwsbrief week 40 - 2019
- Precarious Work: The Challenge for Labour Law in Europe, 2019. J. Kenner, I. Florczak, M. Otto (Eds.).
- Job satisfaction and mental health of temporary agency workers in Europe: a systematic review and research agenda, 2019. L. Hünefeld, S. Gerstenberg, J. Hüffmeier.
- The constitutive effects of evaluation systems: Lessons from the policymaking process of Danish Active Labour Market Policies, 2019. N.A. Andersen.
- The Impact of Extended Employment Protection Laws on the Demand for Temporary Agency Workers, 2019. P. Munoz, A. Micco.
- The ‘personal work relationship’ in Austria, 2019. E. Brameshuber.
- Arbeid in Transitie: Hoe mens en Technologie samen kunnen werken, 2019. DenkWerk.
- De Europese vakbeweging en de vormgeving van sociaal beleid, 2019. S. Boumans.
- Krapte en personeelsstrategieën in de glastuinbouw, 2019. A. Strockmeijer, P.T. de Beer, J. Dagevos.
- Druk op inhuur, 2019. Rekenkamer Rotterdam.
- Evidencebased werken bij dienstverlening aan werkzoekenden, 2019. UWV.