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TitlePerceived employability in a situation of crisis: The influence of the external context and perceived financial threat
Author(s)Silva, Ana Maria
Gomes, Jorge Filipe da Silva
Monteiro, Sílvia
KeywordsPerceived employability
Perceived financial threat
COVID-19 pandemic
Issue date7-Apr-2023
JournalHigher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning
CitationSilva, A.M., Gomes, J.F.S. and Monteiro, S. (2023), "Perceived employability in a situation of crisis: the influence of the external context and perceived financial threat", Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.
Abstract(s)Purpose This study aims to analyse how people's perceived employability was affected during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. This study explores individuals' perceived financial threat, age and work situation as factors that shape perceived employability. Design/methodology/approach Data were collected via a survey at three different times between October 2020 and May 2021, which were chosen to reflect the evolution of the pandemic. The participants (n = 124) reported participants' perceived employability and financial threat during the pandemic in Portugal. Perceived employability is a multidimensional concept, as this includes the following scales: employment protective behaviour, employment risk, job-seeking behaviour, self-control and self-learning. Findings Participants' overall perceived employability failed to record significant variance over the period under analysis. Nevertheless, perceived employment protective behaviour decreased the most, especially in the case of young adults (aged 18 to 24). Individuals' perceived financial threat varied according to the external context, being lower during the last moment of data collection, which corresponded to the less-socially and economically restrictive period. Employees with the most stable work condition, i.e. with a permanent employment contract, were those who felt less financially threatened when compared to other respondents. A negative relationship between perceived employability and perceived financial threat was identified during the third moment of data collection. Originality/value The research informs about how individuals perceive themselves in a highly unpredictable and unstable context. The longitudinal approach shows how the external context affected people's perceived employability and financial threat throughout the pandemic.
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