Gender Inequality in the Labour Market in the UK

9780199686483_450While women’s engagement and outcomes in the labour market have progressed, the work they do and the remuneration they receive does not reflect personal qualifications relative to men. Why?
Gender Inequality in the Labour Market in the UK  provides an extensive data on this crucial topic and an analysis of its explanatory factors. This book edited by Giovanni Razzu (University of Reading) starts with an (open access) introduction with the wider context, the basic facts on various relevant labour market outcomes, international comparisons, and the legislative framework. Included chapters written by scholars and policy makers focus on the key issues, offering analysis of the way inequality in the labour market is related to the wider macroeconomic dynamics, factors that explain the gender pay gap, the transition from education to the labour market, the dimensions of occupational segregation, and the division of labour within the household.
For example in Chapter 4 “The Transition from Education to Work”, Sarah Morgan and Helen Carrier show that while progress has overall been positive – since the 1950s, girls have increasingly remained in post-compulsory education, and women on average do better than men at every level – certain indicators, such as the segregation of subject choices, have stalled and this has significant consequences for women’s position in the labour market and their long-term career prospects.


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