Originally published in 1985, this book analyses the extent and way in which technological change determines the utilisation of labour in less developed economies. The book compares firms which are technologically very advanced with firms which use less sophisticated machinery and equipment, and analyses how technology shapes their demand for labour. It is concerned with the impact of technological change on the utilisation of labour in terms of number of jobs, recruitment, training, skill requirements, labour turnover, wages and internal mobility; it also investigates the impact on the utilisation of external labour in the form of subcontracting of small producers and employment of outworkers.

chapter |4 pages


part One|25 pages

Technological Change and Labour Utilisation in Manufacturing Industry: A Review of the Literature

part Two|123 pages

Technology and Labour in Brazilian Industry

chapter 3|5 pages

The Approach

chapter 4|48 pages

The Cotton Spinning and Weaving Industry

chapter 5|15 pages

The Chemical Fibre Industry

chapter 6|24 pages

The Clothing Industry

chapter 7|17 pages

The Hammock Industry

part Three|51 pages

Towards an Understanding Of Industrial Labour Processes In Developing Countries

chapter 9|7 pages

Classifying Technologies

chapter 10|6 pages

Putting Out – Past or Present?

chapter 11|8 pages

Skills and Control

chapter 12|7 pages

Labour Turnover, Wages and Reliability

chapter 13|6 pages

Some Policy Implications

chapter 14|15 pages

The Future with Micro-Electronics