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Ethnic Variation in the Female Labour Force: A Research Note
Pamela Abbott and Melissa Tyler
The British Journal of Sociology
Vol. 46, No. 2 (Jun., 1995), pp. 339-353
Published by: Wiley on behalf of The London School of Economics and Political Science
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/591792
Page Count: 15
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The 1991 Census question on ethnic origin makes it possible to analyse occupational segregation by gender and ethnic group in a way which has not been feasible before. The analysis shows that Black Caribbean and African women are more likely to be economically active than white ones (i.e. employed or seeking employment). It confirms that all non-white women are more likely than white ones to be unemployed or on a government scheme. However, it reveals considerable variation between ethnic groups and does not confirm any tendency for non-white women to be segregated uniformly in the 'lower' employment grades. Indeed, Pakistani and Chinese women are notably over-represented in the managerial and professional grades, and more Chinese women than Chinese men are employed professionals and managers or owners of small businesses.
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