Are family-­friendly policies the answer to women’s disadvantaged labour market position?

Sabini, Lucy (2012) Are family-­friendly policies the answer to women’s disadvantaged labour market position? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation explores the extent to which family-friendly policies have the potential to address women’s disadvantaged position in the labour market. A thematic analysis approach was used to examine four major policy documents in this area to assess whether these policies were addressing issues relevant to women’s disadvantaged labour market position. The documents analysed for this research were the 2010 Equality Act (Government Equalities Office, 2010), a Government Consultation on Modern Workplaces (HM Government, 2011), a Working Families policy paper on flexible working (Working Families, 2006) and a report on flexible working by the Family Friendly Working Hours Taskforce (FFWHT, 2009).
    From the analysis of these documents four main themes became apparent, these were “the choice available to working parents”, “the gender pay gap”, “the need for a cultural change towards working attitudes” and “the business case for flexible working”. Hakim’s Preference Theory (2000) was used to underpin the analysis of these policies; thereby enabling the examination of the potential effects of policies on groups of women with a diversity of views on labour market participation.
    The research found that family-­friendly policies contain proposals that have the potential to benefit some women with regard to helping women balance their work and domestic responsibilities such as shared parental leave and pay. However, it was also established that some of the proposals on flexible working and pay could have potential drawbacks for some women and could hinder women’s progress in the labour market. This led to the conclusion that even if these policies address issues relevant to some women in the labour market; the policies do not reflect or address the diversity of women’s views regarding labour market participation.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2012 15:04
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:09

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