Reducing the temporary employment of young workers in Spain and Portugal

In the labour market in Southern Europe, since the 1990s, the effect that the abusive use of temporary employment has had on the insecurity of the young population has been paradigmatic, generating an employment model that is particularly sensitive to economic cycles (as occurred during the Great Recession and the pandemic crisis). This issue has recently been addressed both in Spain (Urgent measures for labour reform, guaranteeing job stability and transforming the labour market, 2021) and in Portugal (Agenda for decent work, 2021).
The effects of these reforms on the reduction of temporariness of the youth population over 2022 are diverse in both countries, with a more limiting and effective effect on the use of temporary contracts in Spain and more of a disincentive character in Portugal. However, this should not be enough to affirm that the unstable employment trap is over for young people in Spain as a whole. Thus, this study addresses how both labour reforms may have had differential effects within the young working population itself, taking into account the greater exposure to situations of temporary employment based on aspects such as occupational profile, tendency to unemployment, educational level, gender and origin. For this purpose, comparative data for both countries from 2017 to 2023 from Eurostat’s Labour Force Survey are explored.

Start date: 01/05/2023
End date: 30/11/2023
Funding: Observatorio Social – Fundación “la Caixa”
Team: Joan Miquel Verd, Mireia Bolíbar y Joan Rodríguez Soler – Centre d’Estudis Sociològics sobre la Vida Quotidiana i el Treball (QUIT), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; Rita Gouveia – Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Universidad de Lisboa


Godino, A., Molina, O. & Suleman, F. (2024). ¿Las reformas laborales han reducido la temporalidad de los trabajadores jóvenes?. España y Portugal. Jóvenes, Oportunidades y Futuro, Dossier 12, Observatorio Social de la Fundación la Caixa

Dossier: Jóvenes, Oportunidades y Futuro

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Presence at conference

  • Godino Pons, Alejandro; Verd Pericàs, Joan Miquel; González-Heras, Alejandro & Rodríguez-Soler, Joan (2024, 26, 27, 28 y 29 de junio). Escapando de la trampa de la temporalidad: Precariedad en los trabajadores jóvenes antes y después de la Reforma Laboral de 2021. [Comunicación en GT07-SES01: Tiempo Trabajo e Interseccionalidad]. XVI Congreso Español de Sociología. Sociología para la sociedad digital (FES), Sevilla.


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