Thursday, 30 July 2015

Gender, work orientations and job satisfaction

an article by Min Zou (Bain & Company, London, UK) published in Work Employment & Society Volume 29 Number 1 (February 2015)


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.

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