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Job polarisation in the UK: an assessment using longitudinal data Subtitle: SKOPE Research Paper No. 90, March 2010Series: SKOPE Research Papers

Abstract: This paper provides an assessment of Goos and Manning's (2007) polarised or 'hour-glass' labout market thesis, which they claim has been caused by a period of routinisation where labout engaged in routine task occupations has been replaced by computer capital. It uses data taken from two waves of the National Child Development Study (NCDS) to study changes in labout market outcomes between 1981 and 2004 for a single cohort. While this dataset does demonstrate changes in employment consistent with routinisation, it is not clear that a polarising labour market is the inevitable conclusion. Looking at wage distributions for this cohort shows that the largest number of jobs continue to be in the middle of the wage spectrum. This paper questions the implicit assumption made by Goos and Manning (and subsequent authors) that initial wages provide a consistent proxy for job quality over the time period, and argues that the wage structure of occupations may have altered significantly over time.

Publication status:PublishedPeer Review status:Peer reviewedVersion:Publisher's version Funder: Economic and Social Research Council  

Bibliographic Details

Publisher: ESRC Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE)

Publisher Website: http://www.skope.ox.ac.uk/

Series:SKOPE Research Papers

Series website:http://www.skope.ox.ac.uk/publications

Issue Date: 2010

Copyright Date: 2010 Identifiers

Issn: 1466-1535

Urn: uuid:7d6a0d4e-aabe-4871-8078-53ebb0c6ffe7 Item Description

Type: Research paper;

Language: en

Version: Publisher's versionKeywords: job market polarisationSubjects: Education Employment Tiny URL: ora:4563

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Source: https://ora.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:7d6a0d4e-aabe-4871-8078-53ebb0c6ffe7



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