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Nonsense on jobs

Predictions about the decline of permanent full-time jobs and a new age of uncertainty at work have proved wrong

By Stephen Overell   January 2005

Anyone working in Britain over the past decade would have found it hard to escape the message that working life was undergoing unprecedented upheaval. The full-time job was said to be evaporating as companies sought to free themselves from long-term commitments, while all forms of flexible work—temporary, part-time, or self-employed—were rising rapidly. In 1993, Burton, the clothing chain, said it was cutting 2,000 full-time jobs and creating 3,000 part-time ones. Here was the new world of work.

“Before very long, having a proper job inside an organisation will be a minority occupation,” claimed Charles Handy in The Empty Raincoat (1994).…

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