Connecting with Canadians

Research Report:

Flexibility/Security Policies and the Labour Market Trajectories of IT Workers

by Martin Cooke, Kerry Platman


Governments are being challenged to reconcile two key pressures:  the demand for flexibility in the functioning of labour markets and the organization of work, and the simultaneous demand for income security among citizens, especially those vulnerable to unemployment and under-employment.  Critical to meeting this challenge is support to employment transitions.  An ageing population, rapid technological change, economic volatility and the increasing need for multiple job transitions, lifelong learning and extensions to working lives underlie this challenge.

In their report, Flexibility/Security Policies and the Labour Market Trajectories of IT Workers, Martin Cooke and Kerry Platman use case study data collected in Canada and the United Kingdom of employees of small- and mid-sized information technology firms to assess their capacity to respond to rapid technological changes as well as changing economic and market conditions.

Release Date: 5 Feb 2009
Number of pages: 33
Document number: 50995