Statistics show that over the last decades, the portion of flex workers in the Netherlands has grown quite substantially. Between 2001 and 2011 e.g., the share of flex workers grew from 13 to 18 percent. As on the one hand, this development is perceived as favourable due to the increase in employment opportunities, policymakers have concerns regarding the by-products of flexible working contracts such as the implications regarding employee health, perceived job security and job satisfaction. As previous research has already provided some insights on these matters, this paper empirically extends this literature on these insights by broadening the view of by-products as well as providing empirical evidence for the Netherlands on these by-products. Moreover, this paper sheds the first light on interpersonal differences in the effects of flexible working contracts using the personality traits neuroticism, confidence and extraversion. The results from this paper indicate that the type of contract does affect the level of job satisfaction and that people with high levels of the personality traits neuroticism and confidence perceive flexible working contracts in terms of job satisfaction differently.

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Keywords Flexible working contracts, job satisfaction, Big Five, personality traits, employee health, employee well-being, perceived job security
Thesis Advisor Dur, A.J.
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Series Business Economics
Steeman, M.J. (2020, February 27). Flexible Contract? Think Twice. Business Economics. Retrieved from