Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' no. 1 2000, page 25-35.
English resume

How stable are Danish enterprises?

Torben Andersen, Knud Sinding, Anne Mette Hjalager og Steen Hildebrandt

This article addresses the viability of enterprises and the mobility of employees within the following four service trades: hospitals, banks, trucking and catering. Considering the heated debate in the beginning of the nineties, one might well have come to the conclusion that enterprises had become significantly more vulnerable and that the job risk for employees had increased. However, data from 1980-1994 do not confirm the assumption of a destabilisation trend. Rather, the article documents the substantial differences in the levels of stability in the four trades considered. The catering trade has noticeable higher establishment and abolition rates than banks and truckers. Staff in the catering trade is also less stable, but there is no distinct connection between the viability of enterprises and the employees’ persistence in a job in any of the trades investigated. The article points out that, next to structural preconditions, institutional frameworks heavily determine the levels and nature of staff mobility.



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