Women face insecure work bias

Posted By TEU on Aug 1, 2013 |


Tertiary Update Vol 16 No 25

Women are more likely to end up in casual, insecure and non-permanent work than men according to TEU’s survey on casual employment in tertiary education.

While women made up 60 percent of the total survey respondents, they made up about 64 percent of those currently in non-permanent work (casual/hourly-paid/part-time/fixed term/limited tenure).

Nearly 2000 TEU members participated in the survey. TEU national president Lesley Francey says there is a gender bias about who gets permanent positions at tertiary institutions.

“Casual and insecure work is a problem for both men and women in tertiary education,” says Lesley Francey. “But as we learn more about the problem it seems it is one that women are more likely to face than men.”

“There’s a perception out there, still, and it amazes me, that if a lecturer is married and her husband works, that it doesn’t really matter about her job or her employment status, it’s just ‘pin money’,” says Lesley Francey.

The higher rate of women in casual positions was one of several demographic issues that the survey results revealed.  It also showed non-permanent staff are more likely to be Māori than permanent employees. Amongst those surveyed 16 percent of non-permanent employees are Māori while 10 percent of permanent employees are Māori).

Non-permanent employees are more likely to be younger than their permanent colleagues. Twenty-two percent of non-permanent survey respondents were under 35 years old but only 8eight percent of permanent employees were under 35. Non-permanent employees were also more likely to be aged over 65 than permanent employees (8.1 percent compared with 6.4 percent).

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Stephanie Turner – insecure work in the quake’s aftermath
  2. Performance rankings open the gate for employment rankings
  3. Canterbury councils told to cooperate
  4. Thousands submit opposition to employment changes

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