Corruption in the Post-Soviet Workplace: The Experiences of Recent Graduates in Contemporary Ukraine

Work, Employment & Society, vol. 22, no. 1, pp.149-166, 2008

19 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2013

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John Round

University of Birmingham

Colin Williams

University of Sheffield - School of Management

Peter Rodgers

University of Sheffield

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

While Ukraine was bestowed market economy status by the European Union in 2005 its labour market still endures many structural problems. By exploring the experiences of young graduate employees this article highlights the difficultly in obtaining work within Ukraine’s labour market and the problems they face once they have secured employment. Rather than seeing the development of a transparent labour market the collapse of the command economy has seen a relatively closed system develop. The article demonstrates how many jobs are secured through the use of connections or the demanding, and payment, of bribes.The situation does not improve once graduates obtain long-term employment. Interviewees discuss the lack of job security, the informal payment of wages and the lack of legal protection from corrupt employer practices. The article has broader resonance outside of the Ukrainian case study as the discussion of work- place corruption highlights how the issue is concerned with much more than simply cash based transactions and how those that endure it are likely to turn to the informal economy for employment.

Keywords: corruption, bribery, nepotism, blat, cronyism, Ukraine, informal sector, informal economy

JEL Classification: O17

Suggested Citation

Round, John and Williams, Colin and Rodgers, Peter, Corruption in the Post-Soviet Workplace: The Experiences of Recent Graduates in Contemporary Ukraine (2008). Work, Employment & Society, vol. 22, no. 1, pp.149-166, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2286996

John Round

University of Birmingham ( email )

Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT
United Kingdom

Colin Williams (Contact Author)

University of Sheffield - School of Management ( email )

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Sheffield, S10 1FL
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/management/staff/williams/index

Peter Rodgers

University of Sheffield ( email )

17 Mappin Street
Sheffield, Sheffield S1 4DT
United Kingdom

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