Opportunity knocks? The possibilities and levers for improving job quality

Patricia Findlay, Chris Warhurst, Ewart Keep, Caroline Lloyd

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This article focuses on demands and interventions to improve or maintain job quality. There is a need for better understanding of what can be done, by whom, and with what impacts. The article provides a framework for reflection focused on interventions within and outwith the workplace. Drawing on secondary data, it outlines the renewed policy and academic interest in job quality, examines the multilevel reasons for intervention and the factors that shape this intervention, and evaluates the loci of intervention. On the basis of the evidence to date, it argues that there is scope for intervention and that intervention can be effective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-22
Number of pages20
JournalWork and Occupations
Issue number1
Early online date16 Jan 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017


  • bad jobs
  • community organizations
  • education and training
  • employer choice
  • good jobs
  • job quality
  • job quality interventions
  • labor law
  • labor unions


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