EconStor >
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin >
Sonderforschungsbereich 373: Quantification and Simulation of Economic Processes, Humboldt-Universität Berlin >
Discussion Papers, SFB 373, HU Berlin >

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:

http://hdl.handle.net/10419/22257
  
Title:Inside The Black Box of Temporary Help Agencies PDF Logo
Authors:Kvasnicka, Michael
Issue Date:2003
Series/Report no.:Discussion papers of interdisciplinary research project 373 2003,43
Abstract:Based on a new panel dataset created in close cooperation with one of the largest temporary help agencies (THAs) in Germany, this paper presents novel evidence on key aspects of temporary agency work, a segment of the labor market that despite its growing importance remains underresearched. In particular, we provide detailed information on the internal operation of a THA and the allocative function it performs both as an intermediate demander and as a final supplier of labor in this submarket. In addition to offering first examination of effective wage and fee schedules, we document, among others, the rise of on-call hiring, recalls and fixed-term contracts in the recruitment of workers, the reasons for job termination, as well as the volume of labor actually contracted per worker and per worker-client match. We show that the THA manages to utilize effectively its workforce in assignments and keeps idle labor at a minimum. In fact, more than a third of workers exhibit multiple client engagements. One-off recruitment and dismissal costs per worker can thus effectively be spread across different clients.
Subjects:temporary help
agency work
flexible employment
JEL:J20
J40
J30
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:kobv:11-10050774
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Discussion Papers, SFB 373, HU Berlin

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat
dpsfb200343.pdf268.96 kBAdobe PDF
No. of Downloads: Counter Stats
Download bibliographical data as: BibTeX
Share on:http://hdl.handle.net/10419/22257

Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.