free one day course on the Economics of Occupational Segregation

January 19, 2011

close the gap logoglasgow caledonian university logoClose The Gap invites you to attend a free one day course on the Economics of Occupational Segregation

Edinburgh: Monday 14th February 2011, 10am to 4pm
Glasgow: Friday 18th February, 10am to 4pm

Occupational segregation, when women and men are clustered into certain occupations, is a significant cause of the gender pay gap in Scotland.  It is one of two gender priorities identified by Scottish ministers as part of the gender duty on the public sector and a barrier to economic productivity.

This one day course, developed for Close the Gap by Caledonian University Business School, will enable participants to gain an understanding of different economic analyses of occupational segregation, including feminist economics.

Open to all practitioners working on equality, workforce planning, skills, or related policy areas, it will be of particular relevance to those in the public sector in making the business case for action on occupational segregation, and in rooting proposals forwork on gender equality in a robust economic analysis.

The course will be delivered through a mixture of presentations and facilitated group discussions, and will consider case studies involving occupational segregation in the workplace.

By the end of the course participants should be able to:

  1. Outline the basic principles ofmainstream neoclassical economics and understand key components of an economics approach.
  2. Critique neo-classical economics from a feminist economic perspective and outline why a gender analysis should be central to economics.
  3. Describe the nature of occupational segregation and its impact on women.
  4. Understand the relationship between ‘value’, ‘productivity’ and ‘pay’ from neo-classical and feminist perspectives.
  5. Understand what undervaluing if and how it links together the causes of the gender pay gap.
  6. Understand how undervaluing fits within the wider concept of economic theory, sociological theory, and overall labour market perspectives.
  7. Discuss occupational segregation with reference to the local government equal pay dispute and the Modern Apprenticeship training programme.

To reserve a place please return the following form to: Shona Roberts by fax on 0141 337 8101, or email sroberts@stuc.org.uk or call on 0141 337 8131

Please register by Monday 7th February 2011.

Places are limited, and early registration is recommended.


Monday 14th February 2011

10am to 4pm (registration from 9:30)

Scottish Enterprise

Apex House

99 Haymarket Terrace

Edinburgh EH12 5HD


Friday 18th February 2011

10am to 4pm (registration from 9:30)

Scottish Youth Theatre

The Old Sheriff Court

105 Brunswick Street

Glasgow G1 1TF

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Close the Gap works with employers and employees to encourage and enable action to address the gender pay gap.  Partners include the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland,  Highlands and Islands Enterprise, STUC, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Close the Gap, 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow G3 6NG, info@closethegap.org.uk www.closethegap.org.uk Facebook: www.facebook.com/closethepaygap Twitter: @closethepaygap

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