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Have low-paid jobs increased in the Swedish labor market? Defining low pay in the context of the Nordic model
Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science. Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2941-0647
Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3431-2064
Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5568-0424
2023 (English)In: Economic and Industrial Democracy, ISSN 0143-831X, E-ISSN 1461-7099Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Can the Nordic wage-setting model, where social partners decide wages through collective agreements, counteract a growing low-paid sector? This article tests four definitions of low-paid jobs to analyze whether this sector has grown for the period 2005–2020 in Sweden. Despite policy changes pointing towards growth, all definitions show a slight decrease in low-paid jobs over time. The authors argue that the industrial relations system, with the aim of keeping the industry wage increases in check to aid export competitiveness, also sets a uniform level wage that limits low-paid jobs. It is also found that low pay in the Swedish setting is partly a result of working less than full-time or having unstable employment, and service workers and those with low education are becoming increasingly common in this position.

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London: Sage Publications, 2023.
Keywords [en]
Low-paid jobs, Nordic model, wage bargaining, wage polarization
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Smart Cities and Communities, TRAINS
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-52285DOI: 10.1177/0143831x231215597Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85179742405OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-52285DiVA, id: diva2:1821464
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Låglönejobben på den svenska arbetsmarknaden 2005-2020. Vilka är jobben, var finns de och vad förklarar deras utveckling?
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2020-00359Available from: 2023-12-20 Created: 2023-12-20 Last updated: 2023-12-22Bibliographically approved

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