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Accessing the labour market

Karen Escott

in Policy for a change

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420541
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302988 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420541.003.0006
Accessing the labour market

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This chapter argues that the difficulty some women face in accessing employment opportunities has been poorly understood by those designing and implementing employment policies. The ideas about more workable policies, capable of improving women's access to the labour market, are also developed, which addresses economic disadvantage and labour-market inequality in the longer term. The chapter then examines ‘access-to-employment’ issues for women living in England's poorer communities by exploring the scale of the problem, the types of women for whom access is most difficult, and the constraints they face, from both an individual and a wider labour-market perspective. Qualifications, ethnicity, and health are important in shaping women's relationships with the labour market. The evidence also shows the significance of locality in understanding women's access to the labour market.

Keywords: labour market; employment; women; qualifications; ethnicity; health; locality; England

Chapter.  8281 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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