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The underemployed: evidence from the UK labour force survey for a conditionally gendered top-down model?

Cam, Surhan ORCID: 2014. The underemployed: evidence from the UK labour force survey for a conditionally gendered top-down model? Journal of Social Science Studies 1 (2) , pp. 47-65.

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Systematic research into underemployment is limited in Britain and specific analyses of its relation to work-status are largely missing from the academic debate. The present study explores the impact of work-status on underemployment along with references to demographic indicators. We examine Labour Force Survey data through logistic regressions. Our results fit into what one might call a conditionally gendered top-down model: As measured by work-place characteristics, work-contracts and occupational levels, one’s status at work inversely correlates with the likelihood of underemployment. Such a top-down propensity largely reflects a decline in demand for lower skills in the UK since the beginning of the recession in 2008. The model also has a gendered character which helps explain a relatively higher rise in female underemployment amid the economic downturn. However, this character rather takes a conditional form due to opposite gender disparities in different work settings. In female-dominated works including sales, customer services and part-time jobs, for example, women’s underemployment is lower than men’s, but it is higher in elementary occupations, especially because of glass-ceiling.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Uncontrolled Keywords: Underemployment, Work-Status, Gender, Recession, Precarious Work
Publisher: Macrothink Institute
ISSN: 2329-9150
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 23 January 2014
Last Modified: 06 May 2023 22:41

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