New forms and patterns of employment are being created in response to the growing and changing sport labour market and to address new characteristics and realities of the sector.
By “new forms of employment”, the project means the “relationship between employers and employees that is different that the established 1:1 employment relationship” (Eurofound 2015).
The traditional full-time and open-ended contract with one single employer is becoming less and less relevant in sport and many forms of diverse employment relationships are being adopted, including part-time, temporary agency, ‘employee sharing’, casual contracts, portfolio careers and self-employment. This trend may well be accelerated by COVID-19, and FORMS provides the opportunity to examine its impact in more detail.
The steady growth of the sport workforce up to 2019 already presented challenges in terms of skills and flexible working arrangements. The sudden impact of COVID-19 on the sport sector will present new hurdles to overcome.
Coordianated by the European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE), the partnership comprises a European network, a sport club, two universities, and three employer representatives.
The partner organisations were selected to gather a good mix of stakeholders with the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding of the realities and challenges of the labour market to make the project a success.