More jobs – stagnant pay

Found this good read on BusinessWeek.com – “The Slump: It’s Guy Thing” – written by Peter Coy. Have to admit my favorite part was scanning through the comments section.

On first read, it seems like a logical argument. It points out the two sectors, in which the concentration of men in the workforce is higher – manufacturing and construction – is suffering from the economic downturn. At the other end of the spectrum, women are engaging in fields that continue to grow despite the economy – healthcare and education.

Some analysts even argue that men are less suited than women to the knowledge economy, which rewards supposedly female traits such as sensitivity, intuition, and a willingness to collaborate. “Men have tended to do better in the hierarchies, following orders and relying on positional power,” says Andy Hines, a futurist at the Washington (D.C.) consulting firm Social Technologies, who previously worked for Kellogg (K) and Dow Chemical (DOW).

YET, according to Coy, the pay discrepency remains the same. Interesting, no?

Anyways, like I mentioned – have to look at the comments for some really good nuggets. Check these out:

The J man May 8, 2008 3:37 PM GMT I dunno about this report. Looks like more crap put out by men scared of having a woman boss to me. Frankly, I wish there were more women in the engineering classes I take. I could use a little more eye candy while I’m in class, it helps stimulate the brain! But sadly, the majority of the classes for the highest paid professions you can reliably get with a 4-year degree are still very much primarily male. 

Dan Ngo May 8, 2008 5:46 PM GMT Come to Canada, we are short trades be it plumbers, carpenters, electrician, pipe fitters or welders.
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logic May 8, 2008 5:13 PM GMT Hey, one question: if the premise of the article were reversed, would we see a graphic of a bear eating a woman, and a smirking man next to the bear? Ah, would that be “offensive”? Double standards here, maybe?
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