Social Indicators Research

, Volume 134, Issue 2, pp 437–454 | Cite as

A New Multidimensional Approach to Measuring Precarious Employment

  • Carmelo García-Pérez
  • Mercedes Prieto-Alaiz
  • Hipólito Simón


This article proposes a new methodology to measure precarious employment with a multidimensional approach. The adjusted multidimensional precariousness rate employed to measure job precariousness is calculated on a counting approach and exhibit several advantages, including its decomposability according to the relative contribution to total precariousness of different dimensions and sub-populations. For illustrative purposes, the methodology is applied to the Spanish case using microdata from the Encuesta de Estructura Salarial (Wage Structure Survey) and considering three precariousness dimensions of jobs (low wages, fixed-term contracts and part-time work). The evidence obtained shows that at the beginning of the economic crisis there was an increase in the incidence and intensity of precariousness for new jobs created in the Spanish economy. Moreover, obtained evidence shows that the incidence of precarious employment is particularly high in certain economic sectors and for females.


Precarious employment Labour market Counting approach 

JEL Classification

J20 J21 J28 J80 



This study has received funding from Spain’s Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (Project CSO2014-55780-C3-2-P) and from Autonomous Community of Madrid and European Commission (Project S2015/HUM-3416-DEPOPOR-CM).

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carmelo García-Pérez
    • 1
  • Mercedes Prieto-Alaiz
    • 2
  • Hipólito Simón
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Economics and Management SciencesUniversity of AlcaláAlcalá de HenaresSpain
  2. 2.University of ValladolidValladolidSpain
  3. 3.University of Alicante-IEI-IEBAlicanteSpain

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