Precarious Work Law and Legal Definition

Precarious work is a term used to refer an employment which is poorly paid, insecure, unprotected, and cannot support a living. Globalization, the shift from the manufacturing sector to the service sector, and the spread of information technology has resulted in an increase in precarious work. An important aspect of precarious work is that women are continuously over-represented in this type of work.

Precarious work departs from the standard employment relationship such as full-time employment, and continuous work with one employer. Precarious work has disadvantages like low wages, few benefits, lack of collective representation, and little to no job security.