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Flexible working and the gender pay gap in the accountancy profession.

Work Employment & Society (Impact Factor: 1.24). 01/2004; 18:115-135.. DOI: 10.1177/0950017004040765

ABSTRACT The relationship between flexible working arrangements and the gender pay gap
is explored in this article, based on a study of flexible working arrangements
among Chartered Accountants in Britain. Individual interviews with 50 participants
provided details on working patterns, flexibility policies and practices, and experiences
of flexible working.The article considers whether gender-neutral discourses
of flexible working succeed in encouraging more men and non-parents to use
flexible working arrangements, thereby potentially reducing the gender pay gap.
The study highlighted gendered patterns of take-up of flexible working.Women
who worked flexibly or part time typically did so to combine working with caring
commitments, in ways that damaged their career prospects. In contrast, men typically
deferred working flexibly to a later stage when their career had progressed
further. There was therefore a clear impact on current and future salary for
women taking up flexible working arrangements, which was not equivalent for the
men who did so. In this context, the promotion of flexible working arrangements
is reinforcing the gender pay gap.

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