Evidence from the ESRC Future of Work research programme suggests that an hourglass-shaped occupational structure is emerging in the UK, with the polarisation of jobs at top and bottom of the occupational hierarchy (Nolan, 2001). Despite the implicit suggestion that jobs in the middle appear to be disappearing, somewhat paradoxically, there are increasing reports of skill and recruitment problems across intermediate occupations (DfES, 2002; FSS, 2007; LSC, 2006). This paper argues that whilst the hourglass economy thesis, or a variation of it, best describes recent occupational transformations, it is limited both conceptually and empirically; more specifically, it neglects important dimensions of change within intermediate occupations.
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|
|Event||Work, Employment and Society Conference 2007 - University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom|
Duration: 12 Sep 2007 → 14 Sep 2007
|Conference||Work, Employment and Society Conference 2007|
|Period||12/09/07 → 14/09/07|
- intermediate occupations
- hourglass economy thesis
- occupational change
Anderson, P. (2007). Stuck in the middle of a metaphor: intermediate occupations and some limitations of the hourglass economy thesis. Paper presented at Work, Employment and Society Conference 2007, Aberdeen, United Kingdom.