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Job Precarity Score

How precarious is your job?


"Precarious", or insecure, employment has grown in Canada and many other countries over the last 35 years. Our research shows that many more people than we thought are in precarious work and the insecurity they experience is negatively impacting many aspects of their lives.

The Job Precarity Score helps you learn how precarious your job is. Answer 12 questions and get your Job Precarity Score. You’ll learn how your score may be impacting you and what you can do with your score.


About the Job Precarity Score

This tool was developed by the PEPSO research group, a joint project of McMaster University and United Way Toronto & York Region. You can learn more about this project at

The goal of this tool is to raise awareness and help researchers who may be interested in further studying the issue of precarious employment. The risks involved in using it include the potential for feeling uncomfortable or upset in thinking about your work.

If you would like to use the questions in our surveys or the Job Precarity Score for your own research, please acknowledge that they were produced by the McMaster University and United Way Toronto & York Region SSHRC CURA project on Poverty and Employment Precarity in Southern Ontario (PEPSO). The methodology behind the Job Precarity Score, which was called the Employment Precarity Index in PEPSO research, can be found here.

This survey is anonymous.

Your use of this tool is completely voluntary and at your own discretion.

If you used an identifying token to access this survey, please rest assured that this token will not be stored together with your responses. It is managed in a separate database and will only be updated to indicate whether you did (or did not) complete this survey. There is no way of matching identification tokens with survey responses.