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Occupational inequality in pay and task discretion: a multilevel approach

Event date
Tuesday, 21 April, 2015
Event time
11:00 to 12:00
Event place
Event Type
Offline Event
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As part of our External Seminar series in which academics present their work to NIESR staff and special guests, on Tuesday 21st April we will have Dr Ying Zhou (University of Surrey) discussing work she did on occupational inequality in pay and task discretion, and we would be pleased for you to attend. 

Although occupation is widely considered as an important positional source of economic and social inequality, there is a dearth of empirical research on how job rewards are shaped by the structural influences generated at the occupational level. This study draws on the British Skills and Employment Surveys to provide an empirical assessment of the amount of inequality that occupation generates in incumbents’ pay and task discretion and disentangle the mechanisms behind this process. It focuses on three occupational characteristics: skills, technology and closure. Results of multilevel analysis shows that a significant proportion of variance in both pay and task discretion lies between occupations. Occupational inequality in pay is primarily driven by occupational skill requirements and technology profile, whereas occupational variance in task discretion has a stronger link to the prevalence of occupational closure practices. The findings highlight the structural character of inequalities in job rewards.


To RSVP and for Seminar Enquiries:

Email: l.pieri [at] niesr.ac.uk

Tel: 020 7654 1931


Speaker: Dr Ying Zhou (University of Surrey)

Date: Tuesday 21st April 2015

Time: 12.00pm – 1pm, followed by a light lunch

Venue: NIESR, 2 Dean Trench St, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HE