New Forms of Employment: Developing the Potential of Strategic Employee Sharing
[Excerpt] Although standard employment practices are still dominant in European labour markets, an increasing mixture of new employment forms is emerging; their implications for working conditions differ, with some being more beneficial than others. This study explores the employment model of ‘strategic employee sharing’, which can be applied if a group of employers have specific recurring, human resources (HR) needs that can be planned in advance and combined across companies. The participating companies establish an ‘employer group’ which becomes the formal employer of one or more shared workers and coordinates their assignments to the participating firms. In this way, the workers get access to permanent full-time employment with a single employer (although they work in several different companies) that would not be otherwise available. This study investigates how to develop the potential of this employment form by identifying the factors which favour or hinder its establishment and growth. It also discusses the positive and negative effects of the employment model on workers and companies. Finally, it provides pointers on how to foster the introduction and spread of strategic employee sharing in Europe.
Europe; employment practices; working conditions; employee sharing