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Who gets the high quality jobs ten years after compulsory school?

Type of publication Not peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Contribution to book (non peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2016
Author Keller Anita C., Stalder Barbara E., Igic Ivana, Semmer Norbert K., Elfering Achim,
Project Individual Trajectories of Working Life in Switzerland
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Contribution to book (non peer-reviewed)

Book Youth transitions in Switzerland: Results from the TREE panel study, Volume II.
Editor , Scharenberg Katja
Publisher Seismo, Zurich
Page(s) 231 - 251
ISBN 978-3-03777-157-0
Title of proceedings Youth transitions in Switzerland: Results from the TREE panel study, Volume II.


Good work quality is crucial for employee well-being and health. Indicators of work quality are, among others, aspects of one’s work organisation and learning opportunities. Based on the Job-Demands Control model we investigate if a) young employees are confronted with different combinations of job characteristics, b) cluster membership is predicted through socio-demographic and educational factors as well as positive self-evaluations and health, and c) cluster membership leads to different associations with job-related and general well-being. Based on TREE (Transitions from Education to Employment) data we found three clusters of job characteristics, i.e. high resources – low demands, medium resources – medium demands, and low resources – high demands.1 The likelihood to be in a more favourable group was higher for females and young employees who reported more positive self-evaluations and higher learning efforts after compulsory school. Young employees in more favourable groups also reported higher levels of job-related and general well-being.