Essay On Gendered Labour Market

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To what extent does the gendered labour market impact women’s employment in Britain?
The main aim of my research proposal is to investigate women’s experiences of the labour market in comparison to men. This will be done by:
• Exploring how gender affects the career choices of both men and women
• To understand why more women are in part-time work than men
• To explore the gender pay gap
To complete my dissertation and meet the above objectives I will need to use an array of sources. These sources may be in the form of books, academic journals, government publications and relevant news articles. To find the relevant literature I will extract sources from The Lanchester Library and the library’s online database; Locate.
Firstly, I will analyse secondary research. To provide a framework for my literature review I will need to gather and understand the relevant literature that already exists on my chosen topic. With the data I find I will compare this with other research studies and discuss the similarities or differences which may be present, identify key themes within the literature, discuss studies which either support or dispute a particular finding and discuss the relevance and implications of the research.
Secondly, to add to my understanding I will carry out some fieldwork. To do this I will use the quantitative research method of postal questionnaires. I have chosen to produce a postal questionnaire rather than constructing interviews in order to save expenses. Due to questionnaires being relatively cheap to produce and distribute, they are beneficial to a researcher who wishes to use a geographically wide sample. In regards to my research proposal, to garner a clearer picture of women’s experiences of the labour market in ...

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...ional segregation as research shows that ‘a third of female corporate managers move to a lower skill occupation after having a child with two-thirds of these moving into clerical work’ (UCEA, 2011: 24).

Another factor which could influence the gender pay gap is whether women work in the public or private sector. The Fawcett Society (2013) assert that the greater levels of wages of which the public sector offer women plays a contributing role to the overall pay gap between men and women. They demonstrate this through statistics which show that the mean gender pay gap for all work in the public sector comes to a figure of 17.6% in comparison to the 24.2% gap in the private sector. Olsen and Walby (2004) argue that this difference in pay between the public and private sector could be associated with the enhanced likelihood of union membership within the public domain.

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