On closer inspection like any other occupation, the profession of football is governed by the application of subordination between employers and employees. Moreover, unemployment is present and the rights are allocated to agents in this market.
To enforce these rights and face the difficulties of unemployment, unions are present. They protect the players and the clubs as well. The mobility of workers plays a very important role within this market, and money raised through the salaries of professional players, plays an important role. From this essay one can get a better perspective on how this market is organized.
According to a study, conducted by Raffaele Poli for the Centre of Professional Footballers (PFPO) in 2009, there are demographically 30 major European leagues that combine them all to 456 clubs and 11 015 professional players.
The question to be asked,'is football a job?' If one is to consider the issue from the business perspective taking into account the fact that the main occupation of the professional players there is no doubt it is an art in itself.
At first, it is important to analyze how this labor market is effectively delimited demographically. Secondly, a labor economics approach allows the analysis of wage determination, the employment rate and unemployment, and to determine the best employment policies to implement.
Once the suppliers of labor, that is to say, professional footballers and applicants for employment, clubs are identified demographically, it remains to provide some clarification.
The labor economics examines wages, employment rates and unemployment and allows, through the analysis of these three factors, to offer employment policies. In this market, the remuneration of an employee depends on its rating.
Thus arises the European labor market for professional footballers. It is bordered by a short career due to the physical demands of a professional sport.
The market economy tends to have a high pay of its workers, a high employment rate and virtually no unemployment, making it an attractive market that creates a lot of vocations among football fans.
Tags: Professional football as a career, labor economics,
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