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