What determines social service workers’ wages: A cross-country analysis using a Luxembourg Income Study

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Lee, S. and Yun-Young, K. 2023. What determines social service workers’ wages: A cross-country analysis using a Luxembourg Income Study. Social Policy and Society. pp. 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1474746423000350
AuthorsLee, S. and Yun-Young, K.
Abstract

The study is aimed at exploring the influencing factor of wages among social service workers (SSWs) through a cross-country analysis. Using Luxembourg Income Study data, two aspects are emphasised: first, the trends and patterns of wage levels among SSWs. Second, the determining factors that influence their low wages at a cross-national level and how those factors are intersectionally intertwined to exacerbate the wage level. Three significant findings are confirmed: a universal gendered wage gap; a more significant wage gap for those on part-time and/or fractured contracts and employed in the private sector; and a substantial association between a higher education and higher wages. Two policy concerns are raised for discussion: first, tackling the gendered wage gap and ensuring more secure employment, and a guaranteed living wage for those employed in the private sector. Second, enhancing the professionalism for empowering their effective choices in the labour market is essential [148 words].

Keywordssocial service workers; gender; Luxembourg Income Study; cross-country analysis; wage level; marketisation of care
Year2023
JournalSocial Policy and Society
Journal citationpp. 1-14
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISSN 1475-3073
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1017/S1474746423000350
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1017/S1474746423000350
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