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Work and Pay in 20th Century Britain$
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Nicholas Crafts, Ian Gazeley, and Andrew Newell

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199212668

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212668.001.0001

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Manual Work and Pay, 1900–70

Manual Work and Pay, 1900–70

(p.55) 3 Manual Work and Pay, 1900–70
Work and Pay in 20th Century Britain

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This chapter examines changes in the nature of waged work and pay in the first seventy years of the 20th century. At the beginning of the century, the vast majority of adult men and only one in three adult women worked. By 1970, nearly half of all adult women were in paid employment and the proportion of economically inactive adult men had increased to about one in ten. Female employment remained concentrated in very few industrial sectors during the first half of the century.

Keywords:   Britain, pay, wages, employment, industry, women, occupation, earnings

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