Characterisation of the Average Worker Employed Under Flexible Forms of Employment –Report on the Study of Individual Differences in the Context of Sociodemographic DataConcerning Polish Workers


  • Małgorzata Dobrowolska Silesian University of Technology
  • Mariola Paruzel-Czachura University of Silesia
  • Marta Stasiła-Sieradzka University of Silesia
  • Jagoda Sikora University of Silesia



workers employed under flexible forms of employment, sociodemographic data, worker profile, individual differences


The paper presents the sociodemographic data obtained as a result of an empirical study carried out on a group
of n=2118 workers employed under what is referred to as flexible forms of employment, within a more extensive
research project entitled “Occupational problems of individuals working under flexible forms of employment –
the psychological perspective”. The inspiration to focus on this particular part of the research was provided by
a trend observed in the international literature, analysing the profile of an average flexible worker in highly
developed countries. An analysis of the study sample of flexible workers shows that the group included rather
young people, with a similar share of women and men, living in big cities, and with a rather short length of
service; they were well-educated, married people with children, with a small number of previous employers,
and mostly working in the private sector. The Polish study sample matches the descriptions of the average
flexible European worker.