ABU Thesis Prize 2019

Send-in your thesis for the ABU-Thesis Prize 2019!

Students at a Dutch university or university of applied sciences (HBO) who finish their thesis between January 1st, 2018 and September 1st, 2019 on a topic related to temporary employment, the Dutch labor market or flexible contracts (or one of the other topics mentioned below) can apply for the ABU-Thesis Prize. The thesis prize is part of a collaboration between the ABU (Dutch Temp-agency Association) and AIAS-HSI (Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies - Hugo Sinzheimer Institute), part of the University of Amsterdam. Two prizes of € 1,500 will be awarded: one for the best HBO thesis (Bachelor/Master) and one for the best university thesis (Master).

Jury and assessment
Mr. Aart van der Gaag is jury chairman of the ABU-Thesis Prize. The jury also consists of Mr. Hans Kamps and Mr. Fred van Haasteren (all honorary members of the ABU). The theses will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

There will be no correspondence regarding the result of the thesis prize, the jury is free to make a decision, the published criteria are guiding but not limitative. If you want to compete for the ABU-Thesis Prize, please e-mail your thesis before September 1st, 2019 to sean.stevenson@uva.nl.

The thesis must be rated with at least a 7.5 and may not have been rewarded with a prize before. Furthermore, the thesis may only be written in Dutch or English. The theses must relate to at least one of the following topics or a topic that touches on the (flexible) labour market theme:

Flexible labour and flexible labour market; (Intersectoral) labour mobility; The Flexicurity model; Social security in relation to flexible work; Labour regulations and a level playing field; Temporary agency work and respect for fundamental labour rights; Temporary agency work and "decent work"; Binding and captivating flexible workers; Lifelong development and / or training of flexible workers; The meaning of socially responsible temporary employment; New forms of work and labour relations in the new economy (micro jobs, gig economy, platform work); The influence of technological development (digitization, robotization and automation) on the quantity, organization and quality of work; Job security versus income security. What becomes more important and how do we achieve it ?; Temporary agency work and health; The expression of complaints / dissatisfaction by temporary employees.