New insights into informal migrant employment: hand car washes in a mid-sized English city

Clark, I. ORCID: 0000-0001-7698-2715 and Colling, T., 2016. New insights into informal migrant employment: hand car washes in a mid-sized English city. Economic and Industrial Democracy. ISSN 0143-831X

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Abstract

This article provides new analytical insight into migrant labour by examining a newly emergent low-margin sector, hand car washes (HCWs). The sector is co-created by pressures from above in the form of economic restructuring and from below by employers and migrants who diffuse fluid and flexible low-wage employment. The diffusion of HCWs demonstrates how exploitative privatized employment generates autonomous economic growth in the unregulated economy. The formal and informal economies are however interlinked and overlapping within and beyond the labour process. Locally, HCWs have the potential to become the established car wash sector, putting regulated outlets in a state of uncertainty as informalization in employment if not business practice becomes the norm.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Economic and Industrial Democracy
Creators: Clark, I. and Colling, T.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 30 September 2016
ISSN: 0143-831X
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10.1177/0143831X16669840DOI
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 24 Oct 2017 10:27
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2017 12:20
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/31862

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