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Job insecurity: Mediator or moderator of the relationship between type of contract and various outcomes?

Nele De Cuyper, Hans De Witte
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 31, No 4 | a211 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v31i4.211 | © 2005 Nele De Cuyper, Hans De Witte | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 29 October 2005 | Published: 29 October 2005

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Nele De Cuyper, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Hans De Witte, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

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Abstract

Research on the consequences of job insecurity among temporary workers has been largely exploratory. This study investigates whether job insecurity either mediates or moderates the relationship between type of contract (temporary versus permanent) and its outcomes. It extends previous research by including a wide range of outcomes (job satisfaction, engagement, organisational commitment, trust, general health, irritation, turnover intention, performance, and positive work life interference), most of which have not yet been considered in this context. Results (N = 656) point to the moderating role of job insecurity, however only for outcomes reflecting immediate reactions. Implications for future research are discussed.

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