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Gender and Labour Market Performance in the Recovery

In: The Labour Market Under New Labour


  • Helen Robinson


The average gender employment gap has not changed during the economic recovery. The mean gender pay gap has continued to narrow from 26 per cent to 23 per cent from 1994 to 2002. However, the gender pay gap for part-time work is not narrowing. The pay gap is partly the result of discontinuous patterns of labour force participation of women. Many mothers are outside the labour market in their 20s and 30s when their male counterparts are experiencing substantial wage growth. Women continue to be under-represented in some high-paid occupations and over-represented in other low paid occupations. This situation has not changed notably in recent years. The gender job tenure gap has narrowed (partly in response to maternity leave provision and Working Families Tax Credit — WFTC). Minimum wage legislation has had some effect on reducing low pay and gender pay inequality. There is also some evidence of an impact of Working Families Tax Credit.

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  • Helen Robinson, 2003. "Gender and Labour Market Performance in the Recovery," Palgrave Macmillan Books, in: Richard Dickens & Paul Gregg & Jonathan Wadsworth (ed.), The Labour Market Under New Labour, chapter 15, pages 232-247, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:palchp:978-0-230-59845-4_16
    DOI: 10.1057/9780230598454_16

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    1. Peter Dolton & Gerry Makepeace & Helen Robinson, 2007. "Use It Or Lose It? The Impact Of Computers On Earnings," Manchester School, University of Manchester, vol. 75(6), pages 673-694, December.
    2. Simon Deakin, 2005. "The Capability Concept and the Evolution of European Social Policy," Working Papers wp303, Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge.
    3. Myung Ki & Yvonne Kelly & Amanda Sacker & James Nazroo, 2013. "Poor health, employment transitions and gender: evidence from the British Household Panel Survey," International Journal of Public Health, Springer;Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+), vol. 58(4), pages 537-546, August.


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