Computer Use, Job Tasks and the Part‐Time Pay Penalty

25 Pages Posted: 1 May 2020

Date Written: March 2017

Abstract

Using data from the UK Skills Surveys 1997–2012, we show that the part‐time pay penalty (PTPP) for women within low‐ and medium‐skilled occupations has decreased significantly. The convergence in computer use and non‐routine job tasks between part‐time and full‐time workers explains a large share of the decrease in the PTPP. This convergence took place mainly within occupations, and was not driven by changes in occupational segregation between the two groups of workers. The lower PTPP is also related to changes in the returns to job tasks. Relative changes in the importance of and returns to computer use and job tasks together explain more than 50 per cent of the decrease in the PTPP.

Suggested Citation

Elsayed, Ahmed and de Grip, Andries and Fouarge, Didier, Computer Use, Job Tasks and the Part‐Time Pay Penalty (March 2017). British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 55, Issue 1, pp. 58-82, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3589630 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjir.12175

Ahmed Elsayed (Contact Author)

IZA ( email )

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Andries De Grip

Maastricht University ( email )

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Maastricht, 6200MD
Netherlands

Didier Fouarge

Maastricht University ( email )

P.O. Box 616
Maastricht, 6200MD
Netherlands

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