Work and Equalities Insitute Second Annual Lecture: Young women and men and the future of work and family formation
|4 June 2019
|16:00 - 18:00
|What is it:
|Work and Equalities Institute
|Who is it for:
|University staff, External researchers, Adults, Current University students
|Professor Marian Baird
Most literature and public debate on the future of work revolves around the impact of technology, potential for job loss, changes in work design and new concepts of organisation and leadership. There is much less analysis of the gendered implications of work and labour market change. Using survey data from the Australian Working Women’s Future project, with a sample of 2,100 women and 500 men, augmented with focus group data from women in high and low skill, secure and precarious jobs, this presentation will focus on the experiences and expectations of young workers (16-40 year olds) in Australia.
The results highlight the discrepancies between women’s and men’s current experiences at work and some similarities in how they foresee the future of work and family formation. Our survey data show a convergence between men and women who are parents and young women who are not parents stating the importance for their futures of flexibility and work-family leave policies. Our qualitative data suggest having children is considered in similar ways by young women, regardless of skill level and job security, with the opportunity cost of child bearing versus work, and costs associated with child care and housing rating high in their considerations. These results portend a change in gender relations amongst younger working parents and have implications for policy at state and firm levels about work and family formation.
Professor Marian Baird
Role: Professor of Gender and Employment Relations
Organisation: The University of Sydney Business School
Travel and Contact Information
Manchester Business School West