Article 'Comparing tasks of 160 occupations across eight European countries' has received a Highly Commended Paper award from Emerald Group Publishing

Written by Kea G. Tijdens, Judith De Ruijter, Esther De Ruijter

Published in Employee Relations: The International Journal, Vol. 36 Iss: 2, pp.110 – 127

ISSN: 0142-5455
Online from: 1979
Subject Area: HR & Organizational Behaviour
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Comparing tasks of 160 occupations across eight European countries

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the similarity of 160 occupations within and across eight European countries using interrater agreement statistics (rWG).

Using a multilingual web survey, experts and jobholders in the eight countries rated the frequency of ten tasks per occupation they had knowledge of (n=4,197 ratings). Three hypotheses are investigated: first, interrater agreements of occupations are similar regardless the country; second, interrater agreements of occupations are similar within countries; and third, experts and jobholders are similar in their ratings.

Findings
Half of the occupations reveal no agreement across ratings, one-third shows a weak/moderate agreement and one in ten shows a strong agreement. H1 is rejected for task frequency but not for task importance. Within-country similarity of occupations is larger than across-country similarity. H2 is supported for two countries and rejected for two other countries. H3 is not supported. Jobholders demonstrate higher agreement than experts.

 
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