Gender (In)Equality Contested: Externalising Employment in the Construction Industry

17 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2016

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Gunilla Olofsdotter

Mid Sweden University - Department of Social Sciences

Maria Rasmusson

Mid Sweden University - Department of Education

Date Written: March 2016

Abstract

In construction and engineering, workers from different organisations work together, often on a project‐by‐project basis. Drawing on the theoretical framework of inequality regimes as presented by Acker (2006a), and the externalisation of employment relations presented by Kalleberg et al. (2003), this article investigates the gendered implications of the externalisation of technological work in the construction industry. The empirical material is based upon interviews and a questionnaire answered by regular employees, contracted staff and independent contractors working in the construction industry. The data reveal how non‐standard employments are parts of the organising processes that produce gendered inequalities between core and peripheral workers. This finding does not suggest that peripheral work indicates poor working conditions, to be more precise, peripheral workers can be in the most privileged positions.

Keywords: project work, construction industry, gender, externalisation, inequality regimes, engineering.

Suggested Citation

Olofsdotter, Gunilla and Rasmusson, Maria, Gender (In)Equality Contested: Externalising Employment in the Construction Industry (March 2016). New Technology, Work and Employment, Vol. 31, Issue 1, pp. 41-57, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2753321 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ntwe.12057

Gunilla Olofsdotter (Contact Author)

Mid Sweden University - Department of Social Sciences ( email )

Sundsvall
Sweden

Maria Rasmusson

Mid Sweden University - Department of Education ( email )

Sweden

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