On the working conditions of the labor market

It is known that working conditions improve with the quality of employment. The subject is not questioned enough and/or adequately opened-up for debate as it should be. If we drop out the payment* from the equation, i.e., the monetary value of the work assigned by the labor market according to the abilities of the workers, the rest of the working conditions should be the same for all of them. By the rest of the working conditions, it is understood a fair treatment and compliance with labor rights and securities. These basic principles and their formalization must be adjusted to our space-time dimensions. Both, the pecuniary remuneration and the rest of the working conditions vary widely within, and between countries.

Then, what the workers receive in exchange for their work is a package that includes both pecuniary and non-pecuniary conditions. The desirable situation is that both are fully met. According to logic, if one of them is not fully met, neither is the full package. At low qualification levels, monetary conditions are also low. But, should it also be the rest of the working conditions? Are fair treatment and compliance with labor rights and securities, in any way, related to the qualification level and/or age of the workers? Should it be that way?

The lack of regulation and inspection of working conditions has contributed to the careless concerning the latter at all skill levels. For a couple of decades, the appearance phenomenon of highly qualified seasonal workers has begun to emerge. In these cases, a sort of entelechy surrounds the package received by the workers. The enchantment of the fiduciary conditions and/or pompous names of the positions to be appointed, frequently camouflage the rest of rather precarious working conditions.

The workers’ satisfaction with a certain package depends on its conditions, on other conditioning factors, and on the individual preferences of the workers. At the same time, the quality of a given package depends not only on the capabilities of the worker but also on the conditions offered by the employer. Although the negotiating capacity of both parties plays an important role, the resulting package is a reflection of the quality of the company.


* We recognize its importance, especially the specification of the minimum and its relation with the minimum consumption established. It is worth to note that the minimum needs or consumption has evolved over time, and has become more expensive. Also the number of items included is such category has increased.