Making Out in a Man’s World

Norwegian Women Workers Offshore
  • Hanne Heen


The labour market in Norway, like everywhere else, is highly segregated according to sex. This is the case if we look both at the type of work women do, and where in the work organisation they are found. Women are confined to a limited number of occupations, where they make up a large majority of the employees. For instance, 95 per cent of nursing work is done by women, 78 per cent of service work (including 87 per cent of hotel, restaurant and domestic work) and 77 per cent of clerical work; but they do only 20 per cent of administrative executive work (Norway, Central Bureau of Statistics, 1983). Women are also mostly found in low status positions. In 1981, 7 per cent of women and 28 per cent of men had top jobs.


Work Role Work Organisation Male Worker Production Platform Woman Worker 
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© Jane Lewis, Marilyn Porter and Mark Shrimpton 1988

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  • Hanne Heen

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