Working time preferences among women: challenging assumptions on underemployment, work centrality and work life balance

Xavier Fernández Marín, Conxita Folguera Bellmunt, Laura Lamolla Kristiansen

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Abstract

This article examines the working-time preferences of women working 20-hour weeks, on different, stable schedules, in manufacturing jobs. The authors conducted qualitative and quantitative research to identify worker profiles based on these women's working-time preferences and the reasons for them. Their findings add nuance to previous research by highlighting that: (1) some, but not all, of these employees can be considered underemployed; (2) working 20 hours a week does not equate to low work centrality and is compatible with working hours being experienced as meaningful; (3) some part-time women workers want to keep time for non-caring, non-working activities despite earning a low salary.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-451
JournalInternational Labour Review
Volume160
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2021

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