Migration, gender, and the IT sector: intersecting debates

Raghuram, Parvati (2004). Migration, gender, and the IT sector: intersecting debates. Women's Studies International Forum, 27(2) pp. 163–176.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wsif.2004.06.006

Abstract

This article is located at the intersection of two debates: that on skilled migrants to the information technology (IT) sector, and that on gender and IT. While the former has largely ignored gender issues, the latter has concentrated on gender but failed to adequately place it within the complexities of the labor market. As the number of women in IT labor markets in many countries fall, the impediments posed by career structures in this occupational sector need urgent consideration. For instance, one factor that has been little considered in discussions around the under-representation of women in the IT sector is the extent to which the industry is structured towards career flexibility and job mobility and the implications this has for women who seek work in this sector. My article aims to highlight these issues and outline some ways in which women experience this hypermobile landscape of work, focussing an Indian women migrants to the UK.

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