Job Crafting for Female Contractors in a Male-dominated Profession

Niki Panteli, Cathy Urquhart

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Abstract

In this paper we explore the job crafting experiences of women who left permanent employment for contracting positions in Information Technology (IT), a sector widely considered male-dominated with limited career opportunities for women. This qualitative study is based on interviews with 24 female IT contractors. Findings show that through the flexibility and autonomy that comes with contracting, numerous crafting practices are adopted by female IT contractors enabling them to gain empowerment in a male-dominated environment. The study contributes in depth understanding of job crafting theory by showing a reflexive relationship between role and resource crafting for women in alternative forms of employment, especially those with a high degree of autonomy. By engaging directly with the experiences of these women IT contractors, we provide unique insights into what might drive women into IT contracting, and why they often stay with this option owing to the freedom and autonomy offered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-123
Number of pages22
JournalNew Technology, Work and Employment
Volume37
Issue number1
Early online date14 Jul 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022

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