Gender Wages and Careers in the Retail Trade and IT Services: The Case of Finland

  • Rita Asplund
  • Reija Lilja


The retail and information technology (IT) sectors are interesting extremes when it comes to men and women in the labour market. The retail trade is traditionally a female-dominated sector at the lower end of the pay scale. On average they have lower education levels and their career opportunities are rather limited. The IT sector, in contrast, is male-dominated, rapidly expanding, well-paid and offers good career prospects, especially for young, highly educated, well-trained people. The technological level is high and rapidly progressing.


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