The Digitization of Economy and Precarious Employment: Examining the Relationship between Job Insecurity, Age, and Digital Technology Use in Kazakhstan

Project: Research project

Grant Program

Faculty Development Competitive Research Grants 2020-2022

Project Description

The proposed project addresses one of Kazakhstan’s key socio-economic issues, namely the use of digital technologies for the benefit of all Kazakhstanis. It has been observed that the digitization of the workplace has many positive aspects, such as improved communication and increased productivity. At the same time, digitization may contribute to the precarization of labor (Burrows, 2013; Standing, 2011). Therefore, this project intends to answer the following question: How does the digitization of the workplace influence contemporary Kazakhstani cognitive labor? The project will take an intergenerational perspective to investigate the links between the digitization of the workplace and precarious employment in order to: 1) examine how the digitization of cognitive labor affects different generations of Kazakhstani white-collar workers; 2) investigate to what extent do older-generation employees (over 50) experience unique challenges related to job precarity and instability; 3) explore the intergenerational differences in how cognitive employees utilize digital tools to adapt and navigate the increasingly unpredictable job market.
Short titleThe Digitization of Economy and Precarious Employment
StatusActive
Effective start/end date1/1/20 → 12/31/22

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