Not codgers in cardigans! Female workforce participation and ageing public services

Colley, Linda (2013) Not codgers in cardigans! Female workforce participation and ageing public services. Gender, Work and Organization, 20 3: 327-348. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0432.2011.00582.x

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Author Colley, Linda
Title Not codgers in cardigans! Female workforce participation and ageing public services
Journal name Gender, Work and Organization   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0968-6673
Publication date 2013-05
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1468-0432.2011.00582.x
Open Access Status
Volume 20
Issue 3
Start page 327
End page 348
Total pages 22
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract There have been remarkable changes in female labour force participation in the past century. In Australia, the first wave of change included the introduction of equal pay and the softening of attitudes towards married women at work and the second wave of change introduced anti-discrimination legislation and family-friendly working conditions. Arguably a third wave of change is emerging, as labour market pressures — caused in part by an ageing workforce — require further efforts to increase the participation of underrepresented groups such as women. The existing literature considers how age affects female participation but not the reverse question of how increased female participation has affected the age of the workforce. This research begins to fill this gap. Using an indicative study of an Australian public service, it explores increases in female participation and the associated increases in age in the case study public service, with a particular focus on the first wave of reforms in the 1970s and the second wave of reforms in the 1990s. The research demonstrates an association between increased female participation and the increasing age of public workforces — in a period of 25 years, the case-study public service was transformed from being predominantly young and male to being predominantly older and female. Policymakers need to reconsider whether the ageing public workforce is a problem or simply a side effect of worthwhile employment reforms that supported female participation.
Keyword Ageing public services
Female labour market participation
Women and ageing
Employment patterns
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Early View. Article first published online: 22 DEC 2011.

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Created: Thu, 05 Jan 2012, 07:57:47 EST by Dr Linda Colley on behalf of Institute for Social Science Research