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Sweden – Does temporary work make you ill?

11 May 2012

Young people working in temporary employment are suffering from an increased risk of becoming ill, a new study by the Swedish University of Umeå claims. Constant worries, stress and anxiety are some of the signs that particularly young people in temporary employment show as fear over unemployment prevails, the study says.

While a third of those in permanent employment also suffer from psychological issues, this problem seems to be more prevalent in temporary employment agency, the researchers of the study argue.

 “What we have seen is that temporary workers feel worse than those with a permanent contract. As for the mental disorder, this is about restlessness, difficulty concentrating, anxiety, stomach problems, panic or other problems,” said one of the researchers, Anna-Karin Waenerlund.

In Sweden many young people have difficulties finding a permanent job so temporary work often appears to be the only option. Although this certainly helps to increase their employability, many are worried and anxious about their temporary assignments as they can be called in any time via a simple phone call or text message.

The researchers at the University followed around 1,000 individuals in the Northern municipality of Luleå. The survey indicated that temporary workers suffer more from poor health and are worried about their low level of job security than those working full-time. 

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