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(Re)considering new agents: a review of labour market intermediaries within labour geography

Enright, Bryony (2013) (Re)considering new agents: a review of labour market intermediaries within labour geography. Geography Compass, 7 (4). pp. 287-299. ISSN 1749-8198

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URL of Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gec3.12035

Identification Number/DOI: 10.1111/gec3.12035

The world of work continues to change. Labour markets in most countries are increasingly shaped by policies of neoliberal deregulation while strategies of flexibility dominate public policy and corporate strategy across an array of sectors. At the forefront of these changes are the myriad labour market intermediaries that are used by workers and employees to enhance their ability to navigate ever more complex and volatile labour markets. For some, mediated employment, recruitment and work practices mean greater career progression and profit making ability, but for many others, it means increased precarity, vulnerability and insecurity. This paper critically reviews existing literature within geography on three types of private labour market intermediary, namely temporary staffing agencies and contract brokers; executive search firms and headhunters; and informal intermediaries such as gangmasters. The final section addresses the future for research in labour geography and, in particular, suggests new ways in which to broaden our understanding of labour market intermediaries and their impact on worker agency.


Type of Work:Article
Date:2013 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
Department:School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Subjects:GB Physical geography
GE Environmental Sciences
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Wiley-Blackwell
ID Code:1365
Refereed:YES
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