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Gender differences in perceptions of and experiences with remuneration and negotiation among early workers

Authors
  • Borg, Meghan E.1
  • Wood, Eileen1
  • 1 Wilfrid Laurier University, 75 University Ave W, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3C5, Canada , Waterloo (Canada)
Type
Published Article
Journal
SN Social Sciences
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2021
Volume
1
Issue
9
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s43545-021-00229-z
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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  • Original Paper
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Abstract

Early experiences in the home and at school provide opportunities for young workers to acquire foundational financial literacy knowledge and skills. Among adults, documented gender differences exist in terms of financial knowledge, remuneration, and negotiation in the workplace. The current study surveyed adolescent early workers (N = 268; 51% female) aged 18–19 years to assess gender differences in perceptions of and experiences with early work, remuneration, and negotiation. Key findings supported some patterns of gender disparities. Females reported learning less about finances in school compared to males and reported being paid less for casual jobs than their male counterparts. While few early workers had any previous negotiation experience, success rate of a negotiator was predicted by characteristics related to existing gender norms. The study provides evidence of some gender differences in financial knowledge and negotiation behavior among early workers and supports the need for additional educational support and opportunities in these domains.

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