Work titans. Women in the labour market in the age of digital transformation

The pan­de­mic has made the dif­fi­cul­ties expe­rien­ced by women in the labo­ur mar­ket extre­me­ly cle­ar. The strength needed to cope with pro­fes­sio­nal respon­si­bi­li­ties in a situ­ation of a heavy bur­den of paren­tal and dome­stic duties is behind the cho­ice of the term „titan of labo­ur” as the title of this report. Inde­ed, our ana­ly­sis shows that a tita­nic effort was requ­ired to deal with the chal­len­ges cre­ated by the pandemic. 

The report focu­ses on an attempt to dia­gno­se the situ­ation of women in the face of the digi­tal trans­for­ma­tion of the labo­ur mar­ket. Auto­ma­tion cre­ates risks for many pro­fes­sions and has been poin­ted out as a cau­se of labo­ur mar­ket pola­ri­sa­tion: whi­le tho­se with digi­tal com­pe­ten­ces will be able to find the­ir way in the labo­ur mar­ket of the futu­re, tho­se witho­ut them may fall into the trap of pre­ca­rio­us work or strug­gle to find employ­ment. The questions we ask in the report are to what extent are Polish women awa­re of the chan­ges taking pla­ce? How ready are they to acqu­ire new digi­tal com­pe­ten­ces? Has the pan­de­mic and the asso­cia­ted inten­si­fi­ca­tion of the digi­tal indu­stry affec­ted wome­n’s atti­tu­des towards acqu­iring the com­pe­ten­cies of the future?

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