Definition of piecework in English:



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

    ‘workers did piecework at home’
    as modifier ‘he was paid on a piecework basis’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In a bid to encourage dentists to make immediate improvements, the new NHS paid them piecework fees.’
    • ‘They are independent people doing some kind of piecework.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Thus, Italian women supplemented the family income by taking in boarders and doing piecework alongside their daughters.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The division of labor and piecework system was a great deal more sophisticated and modern than has previously been thought.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 not uncommon for women to do piecework in their homes.’
    • ‘To support their families, women would bring in piecework from garment factories, make paper flowers to sell, and take in boarders.’
    • ‘The new contract includes piecework payment that would mean workers were only paid for the number of beasts they slaughter and prepare.’
    • ‘Taylor assumed that piecework incentives would discourage opportunism because workers would be motivated to maximize their earnings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His parents thought he was crazy, he said, but he did it, while earning a living by doing copywriting piecework at night.’
    • ‘Traditionally paid for piecework - how many apples picked - the workers were now to be paid the minimum wage of $6.50 an hour.’