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Unequal Britain at Work

Alan Felstead, Duncan Gallie, and Francis Green


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 ex ... More

Keywords: inequality, wages, work intensity, task discretion, skills utilization, insecurity, contract status, public sector, trade unions, high performance management

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198712848
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712848.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan Felstead, editor
Research Professor, Cardiff University

Duncan Gallie, editor
Professor of Sociology and Emeritus Fellow of Nuffield College, University of Oxford

Francis Green, editor
Professor of Work and Education Economics, University College London

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1 The Inequality of Job Quality

Francis Green, Alan Felstead, and Duncan Gallie

4 The Quality of Part-Time Work

Tracey Warren and Clare Lyonette

6 Job Quality and the Self-Employed

Ben Baumberg and Nigel Meager

7 Unions and Job Quality

Alex Bryson and Francis Green

8 Is the Public Sector Pay Advantage Explained by Differences in Work Quality?

David Blackaby, Alan Felstead, Melanie Jones, Gerry Makepeace, Philip Murphy, and Victoria Wass

10 Policies for Intrinsic Job Quality

Alan Felstead, Duncan Gallie, and Francis Green