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Social Policy Review 25Analysis and debate in social policy, 2013$
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Gaby Ramia, Kevin Farnsworth, and Zoe Irving

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447312741

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447312741.001.0001

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Women, families and the ‘Great Recession’ in the UK

Women, families and the ‘Great Recession’ in the UK

(p.293) Fifteen Women, families and the ‘Great Recession’ in the UK
Social Policy Review 25

Susan Harkness

Policy Press

In the final chapter, the focus returns to the UK and the gender impact of the current recession. All the preceding chapters have drawn attention to gender divisions in both unemployment and employment disadvantage, and, in this chapter, using a range of national data sets, Susan Harkness examines the differential gender impact of the recession in the UK in detail. In the context of three decades of change in women's employment patterns, the chapter highlights characteristics of the current recession that have significant policy implications. In general, women's employment has not been affected to the same extent at that of men – the so called ‘silver lining’ of gendered occupational segregation. However, the interpretation of greater numbers of women in low-paid, part-time, low-quality jobs as a good welfare outcome is dubious, especially given the changing importance of women's incomes within couple households.

Keywords:   Women, Families, Great Recession, UK, Gender, Employment, Gendered occupational segregation, Low-paid jobs, Low-quality jobs

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