Employment patterns in contemporary retailing: gender and work in five supermarkets

R. Penn, B. Wirth

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    This article examines trends in patterns of employment within contemporary retailing. It focuses upon five supermarkets in the Lancaster area. In each store the proportion of part-timers had increased during the 1980s. There were marked differences in the proportions of female full-time and part-time employees who were married. Management reported similar perceptions of the relative advantages and disadvantages of employing married women within their stores. These belief systems coexisted with radically divergent recruitment strategies by these managements. These variations were embedded witnin typical recruitment strategies in each of the firms examined. -from Authors
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)252-266
    Number of pages15
    JournalService Industries Journal
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 1993


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