Afternoon Seminars@CMIST - Sin Yi Cheung - Gender Pay Gap in Wales: occupational segregation or part-time penalty?
|Dates:||17 March 2015|
|Times:||16:00 - 17:15|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
|Who is it for:||Current University students, University staff|
|Speaker:||Sin Yi Cheung|
In this Afternoon Seminars@CMIST event, Sin Yi Cheung from Cardiff University will deliver a talk entitled 'Gender Pay Gap in Wales: Segregation and part-time penalty – do low-waged women suffer more and why?'.
Research and government statistics on gender pay gaps routinely compare the average earnings of men and women and often focus only on workers in full time employment. Our study goes beyond the headline figures and builds on the growing body of work by taking into account the whole earnings distribution. The labour market is not undifferentiated across all occupations and earning thresholds. The mechanisms contributing to the pay penalty for low-waged women may be different from those for women in highly paid occupations. Using data from the Annual Population Survey 2011-13 in Wales and unconditional quantile regression technique, we model women’s earnings across the whole distribution and assess if the size of the gender pay gap is widest at the bottom. We focus our investigation on three key dimensions of the labour market structure: (1) occupational segregation (2) working pattern: full-time or part-time (3) sector of employment: public vs. private. In other words, we ask if low-wage part-time female workers in highly segregated occupation suffer the widest gender pay gap and if the pattern is worse in the private sector. We also estimate the proportion of the gender pay gap at each quantile that can be attributed to segregation, working pattern or sector of employment, controlling for a range family and individual characteristics. Some implications of the findings will be discussed, against the context of the unique Equal Pay Duty in Wales.
This paper is part of a wider research programme WAVE (Women Adding Value to the Economy) funded by the European Social Fund.
Light refreshments provided.
No need to register; all welcome!
Sin Yi Cheung
Role: Reader in Sociology
Organisation: Cardiff University
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