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ERIC Number: ED407605
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 154
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-85184-262-4
Skills, Competencies and Gender: Issues for Pay and Training.
Strebler, Marie; And Others
The extent to which skill and competency-based systems used by work organizations in the United Kingdom may contribute to maintenance of the pay gap between men and women was examined through a review of the following: pertinent literature from the United Kingdom and United States; 15 published case studies; current Institute for Employment Studies research on assessment/measurement of competencies; and information from a workshop at which practitioners in large public and private organizations discussed issues in using skill- and competency-based pay and training systems. Among the study's main findings were the following: (1) women are more likely than men to undervalue the skill levels of their jobs; (2) although men and women managers do not differ greatly in the competencies they possess, women are consistently rated lower on leadership ability by managers; (3) the process of translating skills/competencies to individual performance criteria is complex and liable to gender bias; (4) performance appraisal remains the main method for assessing performance; and (5) skill-based pay is less likely to cover female employees. Areas for further research were also identified. (Appended are a 59-item annotated bibliography and a summary of published case studies of pay/training systems. The bibliography contains 94 references.) (MN)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sussex Univ., Brighton (England). Inst. for Employment Studies.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United States