Language gender gap at work across OECD countries Quantitative and controversial evidence

Corbella, Teresa; Alarcón, Amado; Andraszak, Joanna
Abstract:
Language gender differences at work have been widely described though hardly measured. The object of this study is whether there are gender differences in the use of language skills at work and what those differences are. A gender gap measure of linguistic skills used at work is presented and computed for 21 countries using data from the first round of the Survey of Adult Skills (n = 109 695). On the basis of the 21st-century literacy needs at work approach, we compound five one-skill indicators: use of oral skills, use of reading skills, use of writing skills, use of numeracy skills, and use of ICT skills. Gender differences are quantified in relative terms controlling for occupations’ gross categories. We provide a piece of evidence for a language gender gap at work in favor of men for all language skills analyzed; there are, however, differences by country and occupational categories.
Year:
2021
Type of Publication:
Article
Keywords:
adult language skills; gender gap; workplace
Journal:
Language Problems and Language Planning
Volume:
45
Number:
3
Pages:
284 - 308
DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1075/lplp.21007.ala
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