An autoethnographic report on freelance employment in the Malaysian oil and gas industry during uncertain economic conditions

Khalid, Fathullah Akmal and Chan, Wai Meng and Abdul-Jalil, Azlina (2019) An autoethnographic report on freelance employment in the Malaysian oil and gas industry during uncertain economic conditions. Qualitative Report, 24 (10). pp. 2592-2607. ISSN 1052-0147

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Abstract

In this paper we present our study of the role of freelancers in the modern labour market, especially during times of economic downturns. Using an autoethnographic research approach, it presents the personal journey of Fathullah working as a consultant in the oil and gas industry in Malaysia. The study focuses on the impact of the 2014 oil price crash and his subsequent plight in taking his career forward during times of uncertainty. Based on the autoethnographic account, it explores various aspects of life as a freelancer such as the issues of job security and job satisfaction. Fathullah found that he enjoyed a different form of job security compared to the time when he was in regular employment, for he has direct market access and wider reach to organizations that require his skills. It follows that he also experienced better job satisfaction as a freelancer. This paper provides insights to aspiring job seekers, businesses in need of human capital and policy-makers aiming to modernize the labour market. Copyright 2019: Fathullah Akmal Khalid, Wai Meng Chan, Azlina Abdul Jalil, and Nova Southeastern University.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Freelance; Autoethnography; Employment; Oil and Gas Industry; Economic Uncertainties
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Accountancy
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2020 14:27
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2020 14:27
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/24228

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