Evaluation of the Temporary Employment Act (AÜG)

The Temporary Employment Act regulates the hiring of employees through recruitment agencies to employers, within an economic activity. The most recent amendment in April 2017 focused on leasing times and remuneration, particularly the so called „equal pay“ for temporary agency workers. The aim of the research project is to evaluate the effectiveness of these new regulations. In particular, we are interested in a comparison before and after the amendment. Therefore, the project focuses on the introduction of a maximum leasing period and the new regulations on equal pay. The research design uses the fact that not all employees have been affected by the amendment since unions and employers’ associations could bargain for exemptions. Overall, the effects on rental companies, on workers themselves and on deployment companies are to be examined.

The variety of the research questions requires a multi-method approach to map the diversity of perspectives. Explorative-qualitative and descriptive-quantitative analyses first examine the general conditions, the current status of the implementation of the law and the situation of various relevant actors (workers, employment agencies and hiring companies). The impact analysis aims to identify any causal relationships of the changes in regulations on various outcome variables, such as employment security, wages, job satisfaction. In a qualitative implementation analysis, the focus is on the conditions under which the amendment is implemented. This is intended to show success factors, obstacles and possible potential for improvement. In addition, problem-centered interviews will be realised, covering rental companies, workers, deployment companies as well as works councils and employers' associations.

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Dr. Andreas Koch ( +49 7071 9896 12 // E-Mail )


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