Men have always been a part of the workforce, but never before has their representation been as strong. There are many reasons for this change; some say it is due to the changing attitudes towards gender equality and feminism in society these days. Whatever the reason may be, it’s great that more men are feeling comfortable enough to enter into careers traditionally thought of as “for women only.”
Studies show that there are now more men than ever working in jobs like nursing or teaching because they want to spend time with their families while earning a livable wage. According to new research by economists Francine Blau and Lawrence Kahn. In their paper “The Gender Pay Gap for Young Workers: Slowing Convergence” published in January 2016, they found that among workers ages 25-34 years old, men make up 43% of all employees. This is nearly double from 1980 when only 28% were male.
Additionally, women now represent 46% of managers at the same age group, an increase from 39 percent in 1980. The percentage of female CEOs has also doubled since 1990 with 16%. However, this last statistic does not take into account those who own or co-own their company nor part time work as CEO which is a common practice for women.
The paper also found that the convergence of pay between genders has been slowing down since 2000, with an increase in men’s wages and decrease in women’s. This can be attributed to changes in industry composition where industries traditionally dominated by females have become more male dominated while those historically seen as “male” jobs are now increasingly female-dominated. Additionally, data indicates that when controlling for occupation type and hours worked per week both men and women experience wage stagnation or even decline from 2000 onward due to increased competition within their own occupations which leads to lower wages overall.
As the number of men in the workforce increases, so does our search for ways to close this gender gap. One way may be by increasing women’s access to higher-paying occupations and positions that are traditionally seen as “male” jobs. However, there is still a long way to go before we see equal pay between genders, especially considering occupational segregation where women largely work on lower-wage jobs while men take more high paying ones which leads them earning more money per hour than their female counterparts or co-workers. Until then it will remain difficult for many families who rely solely on one income, such as single mothers or two parent households with only one breadwinner.”
The work experience of the past few years has been one of fierce competition and wage stagnation.
If you’re in a position where your salary is based on qualifications, then you may be able to negotiate with your employer if they have not yet increased their pay levels for new hires or trainees by adding more responsibilities (like an additional degree) that would require higher compensation.
What You Can Do To Fight Wage Stagnation:
Find out what other employers are paying and ask why theirs is lower than yours. Make sure the company’s benefits package meets your needs too! And always keep up-to-date skills so that no matter how stagnant wages get over time, you can still find quality employment.
It’s important to remember that it doesn’t take a large salary increase for you to be able to feel like your hard work is being recognized at the end of each day. When everyone in an office or workplace feels valued, more money may not need to change hands and wages can remain stagnant! If you’re unhappy with how much others are earning relative to what you make, there are other ways than just demanding higher pay that can lead towards better outcomes.”
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