English title: Perceived employability for non-native employees: an individualized approach

Author(s): Ylva Wallinder -

Language: English

Type: Conference paper/poster

Year: 2014


This article argues that the relationship between work and exclusion from the labour market needs to be considered for understanding how the focus on actively working citizens affects individuals in contemporary transnational European labour market. Transnational mobility requires a transportability of qualifications and competences. Therefore, this article link individual perceived employability to the concept of exclusion. Researchers claim that the self-perception and attitude towards one’s individual employability has become more important than the actual possibilities. However, a general view is that non-native inhabitants do not get the same labour market possibilities compared to natives. By combining these two dimensions, one might ask whether the level of education differs in its subjective importance for native compared to non-native employees. Moreover, it can be assumed that the institutional rights and social spending are perceived as more restrictive by non-native employees compared to natives. The study compares data from before and after the recent European enlargement (European Social Survey (ESS)) from 2004 and 2010. The impact of individual and contextual factors on perceived employability is highlighted by the use of multi-level modeling. The article postulates that the possibility to match individual qualifications with open positions is smaller for non-native employees compared to natives. It is assumed that non-native employees will have a more individualized approach to gain employability and income security.

Conference name: 7th Nordic Working Life Conference: ‘Threats and Possibilities. Facing Nordic Working Life’

Location: Göteborg

Start date: Jun 11, 2014

Type: Paper

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