New Forms of Work Among Young People

Implications for the Working Environment

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Changes in the labor marked globally and in the Nordic countries involve new forms of work and atypical employment among young workers. A significant proportion of young workers are in temporary positions, working irregular working hours, and part-time work. This also applies to the young workers portrayed in this report. They are working at online platforms as e-sport gamers, YouTuber or Influencers, an thus move into the borderland of the meanings we usually ascribe to the categories ‘work’ and ‘working environment’. This development also apply to traditional professions, such as carpentry work or service work, but the new aspect is that the work is mediated through online platforms, which seems to affect the working environment for those young workers. It is important to know more about new employment forms if we are to improve working environment among these young workers.




Changes in the labour market globally and in the Nordic countries entail new forms of work and atypical employment for young workers. The young people portrayed in the present report are between 21 and 30 years old, and they represent a wide variety of working lives. They live and work in Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Most of them are in a period of their lives when they are establishing themselves in the labour market; only one of them has a daily life with children. They are included in this book because each of them represents a different type of employment and work ing life experience that reflects a labour market undergoing major change.


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