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Nurse workforce in state services with direct management: Revealing precarization

Cristina Maria Meira de Melo Clarissa Assis de Carvalho Livia Angeli Silva Juliana Alves Leite Leal Tatiane Araújo dos Santos Handerson Silva Santos About the authors



Analise nurse workforce under direct management of Bahia Department of Health.


Quantitative, analytical, census (N = 2.305). 2013 secondary data.


Predominate statutory bonds, formed mostly by women (93.84%), with greater incorporation of men lately (58.45%). Women that worked for many years or were recently contracted. Men are found working more in hospitals while women in administrative sectors. Maturities focus on up to two minimum wages (61.56%). In the highest salary range men have a higher proportion and commissioned position is the most important factor that adds value to earnings. The workload of 40 hours per week is carried out by 41% of women workers.


Nurses, even approved by a public contest, experience a process of precarization of labor, low wages and long hours. Prevailing gender differences in the type of service, value of wages and taking positions.

Workforce; Nurses; Health management; Health systems

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