Temporary work appeared in France in the 1950s and developed in an exponential manner. Temporary workers compound instability with relation to work, to career and to employer. However, 20% of temporary employees wish to remain in temporary employment. Why does this minority choose precariousness? The analysis of working and employment conditions of temporary employees highlights a differential management of interim employees. Two types coexist: mass intern employees and individualized interim employees. The interests of companies and professional temporary employees forge a particular employment relationship, which is co-constructed between agency and temper that in turn makes it possible to explain this choice.
Kornig.C, Socio-Économie du Travail n°29 (Économies et Sociétés, tome XLI), décembre 2007, p.1959-1977.