In the frame of the EU Funded project WILCO, my colleague Stefania Sabatinelli and I have studied 120 young with precarious employment across 20 cities in Europe. The results have published in the chapter entitled “Young people experiencing work precariousness: risks and opportunities”, in the edited book by Ranci, C., Brandsen, T. and Sabatinelli, S. Social vulnerability in European cities. The role of local welfare in times of crisis.

In the frame of this study, we proposed a typology of five precariousness profiles among young workers in Europe: young and fragile, flexible with a professional project, precarious with fragmented paths, marginal and weak, interrupted careers. It shows how the subjective perception of precariousness and the capacity of young to cope with it depends on the possession of a clear professional project that allow for browsing different working opportunity without getting lost in the fragmentation of career. Chapter available for free download at UAB Digital Document Deposit.