Full-time stable employment may be getting a pink slip, with less secure working relationships set to drive weaker economic growth, data from the International Labour Organization (ILO) show.
Only an estimated quarter of the world's workers have a stable employment relationship, according to the ILO's World Employment and Social Outlook.
The remainder are employed on temporary or short-term contracts, in uncontracted informal jobs, in self-employed arrangements or in unpaid family jobs, the ILO, a specialized United Nations agency, said.
"The standard employment model is less and less representative of today's world of work," the report said.
There is some variation globally. In high-income countries, more than three-quarters of workers are on permanent contracts, although less than two-thirds of those are full time, the ILO said. But in middle-income countries, nearly 72 percent of workers are employed without a contract and in 13 low-income countries with available data, only 5.7 percent of workers had a permanent contract, the ILO said.
"In some cases, non-standard forms of work can help people get a foothold into the job market. But these emerging trends are also a reflection of the widespread insecurity," Guy Ryder, ILO's director-general, said in a statement.
The type of employment is closely tied to income, with permanent workers earning "significantly more" than non-permanent ones, the ILO said.