Displacing Workers Between Companies

This chapter explores the role of the private sector in managing the mobility of workers. Interactions between service providers, companies, and workers are examined in order to shed light on the mechanisms that enable companies to access a flexible workforce. Building on interviews, ethnographic observations, and the author’s personal experience, the analysis shows that the recruitment of qualified workers relies on mobility infrastructure composed of intermediaries such as headhunters, relocation agents, consultants, and short-term labour providers. The main role of these intermediaries is to facilitate corporate access to workers who can be immediately efficient, thus reducing the need for employers to invest in training employees.


Author(s) L. Sandoz
Language English
Year of publication Aug, 2019
Journal IMISCOE Research Series
Volume, Number 2019, 4
Page(s) 135-186
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