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Jobless and Burnt Out: Digital Inequality and Online Access to the Labor Market

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Abstract:  This article examines how inequalities in digital skills shape the outcomes of online job‐seeking processes. Building on a representative survey of Spanish job seekers, we show that people with high digital skill levels have a greater probability of securing a job online, because of their ability to create a coherent profile and make their application visible. Additionally, it is less probable that they will experience burnout during this process than job seekers with low digital skill levels. Given the concentration of digital skills amongst people with high levels of material and digital resources, we conclude that the internet enforces existing material and health inequalities.

Keywords:  burnout; digital exclusion; digital inequality; digital skills; online job‐seeking; Spain



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© Stefano De Marco, Guillaume Dumont, Ellen Johanna Helsper, Alejandro Díaz‐Guerra, Mirko Antino, Alfredo Rodríguez‐Muñoz, José‐Luis Martínez‐Cantos. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (, which permits any use, distribution, and reproduction of the work without further permission provided the original author(s) and source are credited.