Gender Roles In Service Industry

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Canada is a large country with a variety of industries. Because it is a country with a highly educated workforce that expects creative and flexible work places, Canada must be considered to be a postindustrial society. Hughes (2011) defines an industrial society as one in which sources of energy fuel a production system to process raw materials. Examples of such industry in Canada would include the oil industry at Fort McMurray Alberta, the Diamond mines in the N.W.T. farming in the central and prairie regions.
Statistics Canada (December, 2015) shows the goods producing industries as contributions to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country between September 2014 and September 2015 has decreased by 3.1% while the service producing
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Service sector employment has fewer recognized gender biases. Distinctions between classes of workers are also less obvious in the service industries.
In the goods producing industry there are the capitalists who own the means of production, the managers who operate the industry and oversee the workers, and the workers who do the physical labour and operate the machinery. Each of these roles has different pay levels and different social status. In contrast, service sector employees cover a large variety of types of work. People who work in these areas often better educated. They usually do not perform heavy manual labour or operate heavy equipment. The financial rewards for work in this sector of the economy are as vast as the job opportunities available.
As a country founded less than 150 years ago many things have changed since its beginnings. Where there were fishers in the east and small farms in Upper and Lower Canada, much of the west was at that time undeveloped. Only 60 years ago it was still possible to find nomadic first nations peoples in the arctic living their traditional lives. Religious and governmental assimilation of the natives was government policy until the end of the 20th
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As the statistics Canada page shows the GDP for these sectors as significant. Unfortunately the higher GDP masks the reality that there may be only a few high pay jobs. The gap between the high wage earners and the lower wage earners has grown, not decreased as a result of the changes in the work environment (Hughes, 2011).
Despite the increase in the service industry and the variety of work available the societal stigma of class and income continue to divide citizens. This gap is increasing at an alarming rate. Induction of immigrants will continue to change the way in which our country develops. Cultural diversity and awareness of first nations issues, works to improve understanding between groups. Although education levels remain the main driving force, creative approaches to employment will be required to accommodate and motivate the diverse work force.
Because goods producing industry in Canada is becoming a smaller part of our GDP it is safe to say that we are a postindustrial society. The service sector now dominates the Canadian labour scene. Distinction between classes of citizens, although a greater divide now than ever, will change through tolerance and understanding as we experience continued growth and cultural

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