Labour relations
We do research on labour regulations, collective organisation, and individual behaviour in working life – analysing the conditions for change, as well as their results. How is the distribution of power, participation, employment, income, and working conditions among social groups being altered? What are the relations between such changes and the demands for renewal or reform of of organisational structures and regulations?

News about labour relations and labour market

New report: Mapping platform work in the Nordic countries

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Platform work can be seen as one important case in which many key aspects of the changing world of work coalesce. As part of the ongoing project Nordic Future of Work, this report explores the development of platform work in the Nordic countries and the central issues of concern related to it.

The report also connects some of the themes explored in the other research subjects in the project, such as digitalization, new forms of employment and the legal and regulatory challenges currently faced by the social partners, governments and Nordic labour market models.

The pan-Nordic project as well as the report is commissioned by The Nordic Council of Ministries and led by Fafo.

Polarization or upgrading? Mixed tendencies in the Nordic labour markets

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

An extended and updated paper in the Nordic Future of Work project studies whether the occupational structure in Nordic labour markets is changing in the direction of upgrading or polarization. Based on data from 2000 to 2015, the results show clear tendencies towards polarization in Denmark, especially after the 2008 crisis, while upgrading is the dominant tendency in Norway in recent years. The tendencies in Finland and Sweden lie between these two countries.  In Sweden, clear upgrading is found in the public sector and in production of tangible goods, while modest signs of polarization is found in the private sector as a whole.

By studying the occupational changes in more detail, the researchers find some evidence suggesting that technological change is a main driver of change, but also indications that political and economic factors should be taken into consideration to understand occupational change in the Nordic region.

Qualification upgrade – a good strategy for increased job quality?

Monday, 25 May 2020

In an article in Journal of Education and Work Tove Mogstad Aspøy explores the role competence upgrades may have in improving job quality in occupations characterized by poor working conditions. In light of institutional theory, the author discusses the reasoning behind the introduction of the certificate in cleaning. Why did one think that this could improve job quality in the profession?