In this chapter, we employ EU-SILC microdata for twenty-eight EU member countries in the period 2010–2013 to study the differences in the condition of temporary workers of young and older employees. The analysis is carried out focusing on wage levels of temporary workers (compared to permanent ones), distinguished by broad age classes (16–39 and 40–64 years old) and level of education attained.

Outcomes reveal that older workers tend to suffer a deeper wage penalty when being fixed-term employees. A remarkable section of those temporary workers who are not able to attain a permanent job when getting older might be stuck in a trap of repeated temporary positions/low pay.