Britain’s slow movement to a gender egalitarian equilibrium: parents and employment in the UK 2001–13

Connolly, Sara, Aldrich, Matthew, O'Brien, Margaret, Speight, Svetlana and Poole, Eloise (2016) Britain’s slow movement to a gender egalitarian equilibrium: parents and employment in the UK 2001–13. Work, Employment and Society, 30 (5). pp. 838-857. ISSN 0950-0170

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Abstract

This article examines the working lives of British couple families across the first decade of the millennium using EU Labour Force Survey data (2001–13) taking a multiple equilibria approach. Some growth in dual full-time earners, increased working hours of mothers in part-time employment and a growing proportion of households with ‘non-standard’ working patterns are all identified, suggesting both a convergence and greater diversity in economic provisioning within parent couple households. Household employment patterns remain strongly associated with maternal education and family size but are becoming less sensitive to the age of the youngest child. The dual full-time earner model is growing in significance for British parents of young children but a new gender egalitarian equilibrium has not yet been reached.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: breadwinners,dual earners,education,employment,families,gender
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2016 09:26
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2020 23:44
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/57769
DOI: 10.1177/0950017016638009

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