NERI Seminar Dublin: The gendered nature of job quality and 'bad jobs': a story of continuity and change

17 January 2018

Topic:  The gendered nature of job quality and 'bad jobs': a story of continuity and change

Speaker: Dr Lisa Wilson, Economist, NERI

Date:  17th January, 2018

Time: Tea and coffee from 15:50. The seminar will commence at 16:00

Venue: INTO Learning Centre, 38 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1


Despite much attention being given in recent decades to the changing nature of employment, job quality and the rise of precarious employment much of this discussion overlooks the interaction with gender.

Using gender as an analytical lens, this paper argues how the traditional ‘standard’ employment relationship and the rise of non-standard, insecure, precarious employment was crafted upon traditional assumptions in terms of the roles of men and women, in both paid and unpaid work and in many ways, this remains the case.

In looking at trends over a twenty-year period in terms of gendered patterns in the nature of employment and job quality this paper shows that in many ways gendered patterns in employment and job quality are a story of continuity. Nevertheless, the paper also presents evidence of an overall convergence of ‘harmonising down’ of employment security and quality for both men and women, in a way that reflects the security and quality of employment that has typically been associated with women.  


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