Helen Russell and Frances McGinnity are at The Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin, Ireland, and hold adjunct positions at the Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin.
Change at Work
Under Pressure: The Impact of Recession on Employees in Ireland
Article first published online: 27 MAR 2013
© 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd/London School of Economics
British Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume 52, Issue 2, pages 286–307, June 2014
How to Cite
Russell, H. and McGinnity, F. (2014), Under Pressure: The Impact of Recession on Employees in Ireland. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 52: 286–307. doi: 10.1111/bjir.12018
- Issue published online: 7 MAY 2014
- Article first published online: 27 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 27 DEC 2012
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Ireland is experiencing the worst recession since the foundation of the state, and the effects on the labour market have been dramatic. This article explores the impact of recession for those still in employment by examining work pressure, using two large, nationally representative workplace surveys from 2003 (boom) and 2009 (recession). We find a significant increase in work pressure between 2003 and 2009. Staff reductions and company reorganization are both associated with increased work pressure, as is current job insecurity. Other job changes, like large pay cuts, increases in responsibility and monitoring are also associated with increased work pressure. We argue that negative organizational and job changes in the previous two years play an important role in accounting for the rise in work pressure.