The Atkinson 1984 ' Flexible Model

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The Atkinson 1984 ‘flexible model’ explain about labour market flexibility and employment restructuring in the 1980s. According to Suzette Dyer Atkinson’s ‘flexible firm’ model provides a framework based on breaking internal hierarchical labour market by creating workforce. The ‘flexible firm’ is a micro-level dual labour market mode, with an inner ‘core’ of stable, skilled employees with access to ‘primary labour market’ conditions of secure employment and career prospects(Warwick Paper in Industrial Relations, 1987). The ‘core’ workforce is said to be made up of highly skilled workers who are able to participate in decision making and are directly employed by an organisation. Such workers are provided with job security and high salaries that reflect skill level and their importance to the organisation. The ‘peripheral’ workforce by contrast are less central (i.e. they are important, but not part of the ‘core business’), making them more easily recruitable from the open labour market, and therefore less protected from its competitive pressure(Warwick Paper in Industrial Relations, 1987). The ‘peripheral’ workforce are characterised by low wages, low job security and having little or no autonomy in their work. Atkinson model of ‘Flexible firm’ identifies five types of flexibility that companies seek: functional flexibility, numerical flexibility, location flexibility, financial flexibility, temporal flexibility. Functional flexibility is that employees can be redeployed
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