Autonomy, control and job advancement: The case of low paid women working in food retail

Linda McKie, Gill Hogg, Laura Airey, Kathryn Backett-Milburn, Zoe Rew

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    Abstract

    Food retail is a major employer and growth sector. It is one in which gender segregation is evident with many shops reliant on part-time low paid women employees. Most of these employees are trying to combine care responsibilities and paid work. This research note explores findings from 55 interviews with women working in nine food retail businesses in Scotland. Analysis illustrates the ways shop assistants maximize their control over time to ensure that unpaid family and care work can be prioritized. By contrast supervisors find promotion brings constraints on time and autonomy. © The Author(s) 2009,.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)787-796
    Number of pages10
    JournalWork, Employment and Society
    Volume23
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

    Keywords

    • Autonomy
    • Food retail work
    • Job advancement
    • Low paid women workers
    • Part-time work
    • Work family articulation

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