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The Rise in Pay for Performance Among Higher Managerial and Professional Occupations in Britain: Eroding or Enhancing the Service Relationship?

Williams, Mark, Zhou, Ying and Zou, Min (2019) The Rise in Pay for Performance Among Higher Managerial and Professional Occupations in Britain: Eroding or Enhancing the Service Relationship? Work, Employment and Society.

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Abstract

Higher managerial and professional occupations are now the most incentivised occupational class in Britain. It is not yet known whether the rise in pay for performance (PFP) signifies an erosion or enhancement in the ‘service relationship’ that purportedly characterises these occupations. Taking an occupational class perspective, this paper investigates the implications of the rise in PFP for the employment relationship and conditions of work across the occupational structure using two nationally-representative datasets. In fixed-effects estimates, PFP is found to heavily substitute base earnings in non-service class occupations, but not in service class occupations. PFP jobs generally have no worse conditions relative to non-PFP jobs within occupational classes. The article concludes the rise in PFP should be conceptualised more as a form of ‘rent sharing’ for service class occupations, enhancing the service relationship, and as a form of ‘risk sharing’ for non-service class occupations.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Williams, Markm.t.williams@surrey.ac.uk
Zhou, YingYing.Zhou@surrey.ac.uk
Zou, Min
Date : 2019
Copyright Disclaimer : © The Author(s) 2019
Uncontrolled Keywords : Occupational class; Pay for performance; Earnings; Employment relationships; Goldthorpe model
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Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2019 10:47
Last Modified : 09 Apr 2019 13:46
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/850899

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