Definition of piecework in English:

piecework

noun

mass noun
  • Work paid for according to the amount produced.

    ‘workers did piecework at home’
    as modifier ‘he was paid on a piecework basis’
    • ‘They are independent people doing some kind of piecework.’
    • ‘Health care is one of the few areas left where society pays on a piecework basis: the more you do, the more you're paid.’
    • ‘By the 1930s, British factory owners had worked out their own variants of labour control which featured piecework incentives combined with the use of skilled labour.’
    • ‘It turns out that prevailing piecework rates worked out to less than the minimum wage, so it's hardly surprising that people didn't want to take them.’
    • ‘Taylor assumed that piecework incentives would discourage opportunism because workers would be motivated to maximize their earnings.’
    • ‘His parents thought he was crazy, he said, but he did it, while earning a living by doing copywriting piecework at night.’
    • ‘Coffee workers average only a dollar a day in piecework rates when they have work, about the same as the average price of a cup of coffee in most major cities of the world.’
    • ‘As well, the greater efficiency of the spinning wheel probably led to lower piecework rates for all spinning, whether with distaff or wheel, despite the fact that wheel-spun yarn was not always the suitable material.’
    • ‘It is so much bound up with the domestic, the homely, with the kids, with budgeting and making ends meet, and with piecework type occupations.’
    • ‘The new contract includes piecework payment that would mean workers were only paid for the number of beasts they slaughter and prepare.’
    • ‘Traditionally paid for piecework - how many apples picked - the workers were now to be paid the minimum wage of $6.50 an hour.’
    • ‘Various factors were decisive here: more food for better performance, the widespread introduction of piecework wages, and the constant expansion of the plant-internal system of surveillance and punishment.’
    • ‘In a bid to encourage dentists to make immediate improvements, the new NHS paid them piecework fees.’
    • ‘The division of labor and piecework system was a great deal more sophisticated and modern than has previously been thought.’
    • ‘To support their families, women would bring in piecework from garment factories, make paper flowers to sell, and take in boarders.’
    • ‘Thus, Italian women supplemented the family income by taking in boarders and doing piecework alongside their daughters.’
    • ‘It is not uncommon for women to do piecework in their homes.’
    • ‘Male trade unionists, by contrast, considered piecework anathema, for it was associated in their minds with unskilled labour, exploitative working conditions, and with a loss of control and dignity.’
    • ‘Throughout the 19th century, they used piecework wages and inside subcontracting to control labor costs.’
    • ‘Our goal was to have both elders and young people as part of the core group, who could then work with other seamstresses from their communities on specific piecework.’

Pronunciation

piecework

/ˈpiːswəːk/