Pre-conference: Precarious Employment - Harmonized Definition and Reporting in Public Health

Wednesday 9 November, 9:00 – 17:00 CET in Beta 6


Organised by:

Precarious Employment Network, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden


Precarious employment is a social determinant that affects the health of workers and families. To date, a number of useful attempts have been made to define precarious employment, but there is no consensus on a common definition. In recent systematic reviews we have also identified many methodological issues with regard to study design, exposure assessment and reporting of results. This severely hampers the comparison of studies both within and between countries and consequently reduces the applicability of research findings, despite high societal relevance.


The purpose of this pre-conference is to provide a platform for researchers seeking a common, actionable definition of precarious employment, and working to establish guidelines for collecting and reporting data on precarious employment.


Leading up to this meeting we will organize a series of on-line webinars in which leading experts contributed with different perspectives on the measurement and reporting of non-standard employment arrangements. We will also start an on-line Delphi process (a structured communication method used to reach consensus among experts from several disciplines) leading to the following output:

  1. A consensus document on a definition of precarious employment.
  2. Survey modules which can be implemented in labor force surveys and other surveys by both researchers and other stakeholders
  3. Guidelines for preferred reporting and structure in order to make comparisons over time and between countries possible

Online webinars before the EPH Conference

September 28, 15.00 CET - The development of the Employment Precariousness Scale
Alejandra Vives, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, will present 

October 12, 15.00 CET - UNECE work on quality and forms of employment
Carlsted Boldsen, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Frank Schueller, Federal Statistical Office of Germany
Vincent Hardy, Statistics Canada 

October 27, 15.00 CET - Presentation of ISAAC/DEGREE and the use of standardized and modularized protocols and surveys
Neil Pearce, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


Theo Bodin, Associate Professor, Unit of Occupational Medicine, Karolinska Institutet and Director, Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Stockholm Region, Sweden
Solnavägen 4, SE-113 65 Stockholm, Sweden,  T: +46 (0)739 79 25 72, E: theo.bodin(at)


The pre-conference is financially supported and the registration fee is only EUR 20. Networking lunch and refreshments are included. Number of registrations is limited.