BEERG: Study Shows Women Getting More Lucrative Jobs Due to Better Social Skills

May 10, 2019

A new EU study suggests that over a 20-year period, a growing demand for social skills has translated to a decreasing share of men and increasing share of women appointed to the highest-paid jobs, even though the number of such jobs increased.

The research report, published by the UBS International Centre of Economics in Society, comments:

The key driver seems to be growing demand for social skills, such as empathy, communication, emotion recognition and verbal expression, in which evidence from psychological research indicates that women have a comparative advantage.

Alongside the greater demand for women's ability to cultivate relationships, the report said women's chances of getting the best jobs have been improved by honing their skills, qualifications, and productivity faster than men.

University of Zurich Professor Nir Jaimovich, the report’s author, suggested that schools, universities and job training courses should cover the need for people to be able to speak to and understand each other as well as to meet technical demands.

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