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Workplace skill investments – an early career glass ceiling?: Job complexity and wages among young professionals in Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7680-334X
2018 (English)In: Work, Employment and Society, ISSN 0950-0170, E-ISSN 1469-8722, Vol. 32, no 2, p. 368-386Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Despite higher educational investments, women fall behind men on most indicators of labour market success. This study investigates whether workplace skill investments set men and women off on different tracks in which the human capital acquired through higher education is either devalued or further developed. A sample of Swedish men and women who recently graduated from five educational programs, leading to occupations with different gender composition, is analysed. Results show that, a few years after graduation, men are more likely than women to acquire complex jobs and that this difference contributes to early career gender gaps in wage and employee bargaining power. The findings do not support the notion that child-related work interruptions provide a main mechanism for sorting women into less complex jobs. 

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2018. Vol. 32, no 2, p. 368-386
Keywords [en]
employee bargaining power, gender wage gap, initial on-the-job training, job complexity, work interruptions, workplace skill investment
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Work Sciences
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-141356DOI: 10.1177/0950017017744514ISI: 000429981000008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-141356DiVA, id: diva2:1153526
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2011-0816Available from: 2017-10-30 Created: 2017-10-30 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved

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