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Policy for a changeLocal labour market analysis and gender equality$
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Sue Yeandle

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420541

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420541.001.0001

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Tough at the top: women's career progression – an example in the local government sector

Tough at the top: women's career progression – an example in the local government sector

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(p.137) Eight Tough at the top: women's career progression – an example in the local government sector
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Policy for a change
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Cinnamon Bennett

Ning Tang

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420541.003.0008

This chapter examines the issues facing women with the skills and qualifications to progress to the most senior levels in the labour market. The experiences of qualified women in the local-authority sector are also described. It is shown that the local-government sector has been very successful in attracting and retaining women employees. The majority of women in senior roles had dependent children and emphasised the equal importance they attached to their family life. The chapter then illustrates why women's preferences and choices arising from real experiences in the local-government sector call for modifications to Hakim's theory. Government, employers, trade unions, and academics must continue to challenge the views of employers and managers, arguing that a sexual division of management roles is no longer morally or economically acceptable.

Keywords:   labour market, women employees, local government, Hakim's theory, senior, career progression

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