The Federation Press

Job Quality in Australia

Perspectives, Problems and Proposals


The issue of job quality is again popular amongst researchers and policy-makers throughout the advanced economies. Better, not just more, jobs are what are now needed. Good quality jobs boost the economic and social well-being of individuals, firms, families, communities and countries. Countries with better job quality have higher rates of employment, lower rates of unemployment and higher levels of productivity and innovation. Unfortunately Australia has fallen behind the curve in terms of job quality-related policy and research and it needs to come up to speed rapidly. If Australia is to be a great country it must invest in creating quality jobs. The political will in Australia to improve job quality needs to be underpinned by improved understanding of job quality.

This book brings together Australia’s leading researchers of job quality across a range of disciplines. Disciplines covered include law and industrial relations, economics, sociology, psychology, health science, and geography. These experts outline current problems with job quality policy and research in Australia, and their perspectives on and proposals for improving that policy and research. The outcome is a book that provides the foundation and impetus necessary for Australia to develop its own research and policy agendas around job quality.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Professor Arne L Kalleberg
About the Authors

Why the Renewed Interest in Job Quality?
Chris Warhurst and Angela Knox

Challenges in Researching Job Quality
Sally Wright

Regulating for Job Quality? Wages and Working Time under Australian Labour Law
Jill Murray and Andrew Stewart

Job Quality: The Impact of Work Organisation on Health
Michael Quinlan and Philip Bohle

The Contextualised Geographies of Job Quality
Sally Weller and Iain Campbell

Job Quality and Work-Life: Unsocial Working Hours, Casual Work and Work-Life Outcomes in Australia
Barbara Pocock and Sara Charlesworth

Beyond the Necessary (Utilitarian) and Mundane? The Economics of Job Quality
Dick Bryan and Mike Rafferty

Integrating Sociological and Psychological Perspectives in Studying Job Quality
Stephen J Frenkel

Pushing Forward the Research and Policy Agenda on Job Quality
Chris Warhurst and Angela Knox


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