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The gender dimension of social changeThe contribution of dynamic research to the study of women's life courses$
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Elisabetta Ruspini and Angela Dale

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9781861343321

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861343321.001.0001

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Women and self-employment: the case of television production workers in Britain

Women and self-employment: the case of television production workers in Britain

(p.159) Eight Women and self-employment: the case of television production workers in Britain
The gender dimension of social change

Shirley Dex

Colin Smith

Policy Press

Since the early 1980s, massive changes have occurred in the contractual status of the industry workforce of British television. Estimates in the early 1990s suggested that sixty per cent of the workforce in British television were self-employed freelance or self-employed owners of small independent production companies. Since the 1970s, there has been a large growth in self-employment in Britain. Both women and men have seen an increase in this type of contractual working arrangement, although men have a larger number in this type of working arrangement than women. This chapter offers new insights into gender inequality over time as it is reflected in this growing form of employment status in the British economy. It explores the in- and out-of-work experiences of self-employed workers in television production in Britain in the 1990s. The chapter uses the data provided by the Television Industry Tracking Study (ITS), and examines some of the dynamic elements of employment experiences. The rest of the chapter summarises the research on self-employment based on cross-sectional data. The chapter then presents more details on the context of the changing structure of the television industry. It also discusses the models for employment continuity and the findings from modelling these elements of employment continuity of women and men working in the television industry.

Keywords:   contractual status, British television, self-employed, self-employment, gender inequality, self-employed workers, television production, employment continuity

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