Using data from the UK Skills Surveys, we show that the part-time pay penalty for female workers within low- and medium-skilled occupations decreased significantly over the period 1997-2006. The convergence in computer use between part-time and full-time workers within these occupations explains a large share of the decrease in the part-time pay penalty. However, the lower part-time pay penalty is also related to lower wage returns to reading and writing which are performed more intensively by full-time workers. Conversely, the increasing returns to influencing has increased the part-time pay penalty despite the convergence in the influencing task input between part-time and full-time workers. The relative changes in the input and prices of computer use and job tasks together explain more than 50 percent of the decrease in the part-time pay penalty.
|Place of Publication||Maastricht|
|Publisher||Maastricht University, Graduate School of Business and Economics|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2014|
|Series||GSBE Research Memoranda|
Elsayed, A. E. A., de Grip, A., & Fouarge, D. (2014). Job tasks, computer use, and the decreasing part-time pay penalty for women in the UK. Maastricht University, Graduate School of Business and Economics. GSBE Research Memoranda, No. 011 https://doi.org/10.26481/umagsb.2014011