Women, computing and the 'ideal worker': A comparison of professional occupations

Whitehouse, Gillian and Preston, Alison (2005). Women, computing and the 'ideal worker': A comparison of professional occupations. In: Marian Baird, Rae Cooper and Mark Westcott, Reworking Work: Proceedings of the 19th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand. 19th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ 05), Sydney, Australia, (271-279). 9-11 February 2005.


Author Whitehouse, Gillian
Preston, Alison
Title of paper Women, computing and the 'ideal worker': A comparison of professional occupations
Conference name 19th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ 05)
Conference location Sydney, Australia
Conference dates 9-11 February 2005
Proceedings title Reworking Work: Proceedings of the 19th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand
Place of Publication Sydney, Australia
Publisher AIRAANZ
Publication Year 2005
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 1864877006
Editor Marian Baird
Rae Cooper
Mark Westcott
Volume 2
Start page 271
End page 279
Total pages 9
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Abstract/Summary In this paper we use recent census data supplemented with case study evidence to investigate the extent to which professional computing occupations in Australia are constructed around the notion of an ‘ideal’ worker. Census data are used to compare computer professionals with other selected professional occupational groups, illustrating different models of accommodating (or not accommodating) workers who do not fit the ideal model. The computer professionals group is shown to be distinctive in combining low but consistent levels of female representation across age groups, average rates of parenthood and minimal provisions for working-time flexibility. One strategy employed by women in this environment is selection of relatively routine technical roles over more time intensive consultancy based work.
Subjects EX
360100 Political Science
Keyword computer professionals
female representation
Q-Index Code EX

 
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