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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.

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Young people in new and atypical employment forms

The following contains 14 portraits of 14 very different Nordic young people and their working lives. The portraits are edited versions of interviews made in 2017 with the help of colleagues in Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. We made 21 qualitative interviews with young people between 21 and 30 years of age. For this report, we portray young people who together give the widest possible insight into the new forms of work for young people (see the method chapter in appendix 1).

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