Oxford University Press, 2014
The book provides the first systematic assessment of trends in inequality in job quality in Britain over recent decades. It assesses the pattern of change drawing on the nationally representative Skills and Employment Surveys (SES) carried out at regular intervals from 1986 to 2012. These surveys collect data from workers themselves, thereby providing a unique picture of trends in job quality. The book is concerned both with wage and non-wage inequalities (focusing, in particular, on skills, training, task discretion, work intensity, organizational participation, and job security). The book examines how these inequalities relate to class, gender, contract status, and type of employer. Although there has been some improvement in the relative job quality experienced by women, part-time employees, and temporary workers, the book reveals the remarkable persistence of major inequalities in the working conditions of other categories of employee. Moreover, these inequalities have persisted in both times of economic boom and crisis.