The intensification of work in Europe: A multilevel analysis

Dragoș Adăscăliței*, Jason Heyes, Pedro Mendonça

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Using the most recent two waves of the European Working Conditions Survey (2010 and 2015) in a multilevel setting, the paper argues that national institutions have a significant effect on shifts in work intensity. We find that work has intensified in the aftermath of the economic crisis, but that intensification is restricted by labour market regulation and collective bargaining institutions. However, the effect of working time regulations varies across employment groups, with intensity levels for temporary agency workers increasing as regulations become more stringent. Furthermore, higher levels of unemployment intensify work for agency workers but not for workers on a fixed-term contract relative to workers on a permanent contract.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)324-347
Number of pages24
JournalBritish Journal of Industrial Relations
Issue number2
Early online date19 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022


  • work intensification
  • Comparative analysis
  • trade union

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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