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Gender, work orientations and job satisfaction

Zou, M. (2015) Gender, work orientations and job satisfaction. Work, Employment and Society, 29 (1). pp. 3-22. ISSN 0950-0170

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1177/0950017014559267


This article studies the gender gap in job satisfaction and argues that the observed gender difference is a consequence of the heterogeneity in work orientations between men and women. Using data from the 2006 Skills Survey, the analysis yields three major findings. The first shows that women, either in full-time or part-time employment, report significantly higher levels of job satisfaction than men. Secondly, work orientations are closely associated with one’s job satisfaction and their relationships vary significantly across men, women full-time and part-time workers. Finally, and most importantly, the observed gender satisfaction differential is eliminated once work orientations are taken into consideration.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > International Business and Strategy
ID Code:82776


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