Building a career in building: Carerr trajectories among women in the Australian construction industry

Hong Kong Baptist University
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Conference Proceeding
Proceedings of the 14th Internaitonal Employment Relations Conference, Family-Friendly Employment Policies and Practices: An East-West Perspective on Work-Life Balance, 2007, pp. 224 - 235
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Across the globe women s participation in the paid workforce has increased exponentially over the past 30 years. This is no less evident than in Australia where there has been a momentous rise women s participation. In 1964 women comprised 28 percent of total employment in Australia; by January 2004, this had increased to 44 percent (Equity Statistics Australia, 2004). Despite this momentous rise, women still remain under-represented in managerial roles, tending to be clustered in administration and service roles (Palmero, 2004). Women are also increasingly highly educated, and are academically outperforming their male counterparts in university exams, even in subjects with a higher proportion of males enrolled (Palmero, 2004). Yet the starting salaries of female graduates are on average lower than the starting salaries of male graduates.
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