Women’s Employment and Multinationals in the UK: Restructuring and Flexibility

  • Ruth Pearson


Since World War II the UK has been both a major importer and a major exporter of capital. Multinational companies, both British-owned and foreign-owned, play a major role in the manufacturing sector. Foreign multinationals account for an increasing proportion of manufacturing employment. Between 1971 and 1981 employment in foreign-owned enterprises in the UK rose by 50 per cent, to reach 15 per cent of total manufacturing employment. A recent estimate suggests that employment in UK-owned manufacturing multinationals accounted for about 24 per cent, so that the total share of multinationals in UK manufacturing employment in the early 1980s was about 39 per cent (Stopford and Turner, 1985, pp. 12, 187).


Labour Force Foreign Investment Foreign Firm Female Employment Foreign Ownership 
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