Women, long subjected to an earnings gap with men in full-time work, take home bigger paychecks than their male counterparts in part-time jobs, a government study found.
Women who work part time earn a median of $1.15 for every dollar their male counterparts make, a reverse of the 76 cents on the dollar women earn for full-time work compared with men, according to a study of 2000 data by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The numbers reflect the ranks of women who move from full-time to part-time work in their careers to care for children, taking their professional experience with them into more flexible jobs, analysts said. Men with part-time jobs tend to be students or young adults with less experience and earning power.
"More women are choosing [part-time work] not out of necessity but out of choice," said John Challenger, chief executive of job-placement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. "Women coming into those jobs are much higher qualified generally."