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Open Access Women in the Technology Labour Market Las mujeres en el mercado de trabajo de las tecnologías

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The technology labour market, where women are in the minority, represents an opportunity for employment in Spain. This paper analyses the data from the Labour Force Survey (known by its abbreviation in Spanish, 'EPA') in relation to the population employed in the technological sector. The gender segregation of the employed population is analysed by economic sector, together with the employment characteristics of women employed in the technological sector. The results indicate that job expectations are good for women in this sector, but also that they have a higher risk of being overqualified, which suggests that there are persistent discrimination factors. Finally, women expressed greater concern than their male counterparts about the excessive working hours, which raises the need for structural change in organisations.

El mercado laboral tecnológico, donde las mujeres son minoría, representa una oportunidad para el empleo en España. Este trabajo analiza los datos de la Encuesta de Población Activa (EPA) respecto a la población ocupada en el sector tecnológico. En primer lugar, se analiza la segregación de género de la población ocupada según sectores económicos y, en segundo lugar, las características de empleo de las mujeres ocupadas en el sector tecnológico. Los resultados indican que las mujeres disponen de buenas expectativas laborales en este sector, pero también indican que sufren un mayor riesgo de sobrecualificación, lo que sugiere la persistencia de factores de discriminación. Por último, las mujeres expresan mayor preocupación que sus colegas hombres respecto a las excesivas jornadas laborales, lo que plantea la necesidad de afrontar un cambio estructural en las organizaciones.

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Language: Spanish

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2017

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  • Revista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas (REIS) is a quarterly publication of the Center for Sociological Research (Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas - CIS), and constitutes one of the main editorial activities of CIS. REIS was first published in 1978, with the main goal of disseminating the results of sociological research aiming at a better understanding of the Spanish society. Its historic course and the high level of quality demanded on its contributions has situated REIS in an outstanding position as a reference journal in the area of the Social Sciences. The journal covers a wide range of topics in the field of Sociology and Political Science in general.

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