Research which analyzed the data of more than 7000 people in Australia has shown the negative effects of working in a temporary or unfulfilling job.
It can have the same effect as being unemployed. The research also showed that the unemployed felt much better than those who are in less paid jobs with low "psychosocial quality".
Researchers said, "This study has shown that work of poor psychosocial quality, characterized by low job control, high job demands and complexity, job insecurity and the perception of unfair pay, does not bestow the same mental health benefits as employment in jobs with high psychosocial quality. In fact, we found that moving from unemployment to a job with poor psychosocial quality was associated with a significant decline in mental health relative to remaining unemployed. This suggests that psychosocial job quality is a pivotal factor that needs to be considered in the design and delivery of employment and welfare policy."