London Clerical Workers, 1880-1914: Development of the Labour Market [NOOK Book]

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Despite more than ten per cent of male Londoners being clerical workers at a time when London was the largest city in the world, no study has ever been carried out on this important historical demographic. This monograph is a comprehensive study of metropolitan clerks, examining aspects such as the changing dynamic of the clerical profession, the emergence of large scale organizations, the feminization and rationalization of the office, recruitment, remuneration, the rising importance of technical education and ...
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London Clerical Workers, 1880-1914: Development of the Labour Market

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Overview

Despite more than ten per cent of male Londoners being clerical workers at a time when London was the largest city in the world, no study has ever been carried out on this important historical demographic. This monograph is a comprehensive study of metropolitan clerks, examining aspects such as the changing dynamic of the clerical profession, the emergence of large scale organizations, the feminization and rationalization of the office, recruitment, remuneration, the rising importance of technical education and formal qualifications and the attitudes of clerks towards their work.

Based on a wide range of sources including archives, contemporary literature, government and professional sources, diaries and interviews, newspapers and novels, Heller puts forward a new interpretation of clerical work, arguing that the growth, modernization and structural transformation of offices and the development of the clerical labour market was benign overall and had important long term implications for the history of work in London.
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Table of Contents

Introduction


1 A Definition of the Late Victorian and Edwardian London Clerk


2 Work, Income, Promotion and Stability


3 The Clerk, the Office and Work


4 Attitudes of the Clerk towards Work


5 The Mechanization and Feminization of the Office


6 Education, Merit and Patronage: The London Clerical Market


7 Commercial Education and the Clerk


8 Clerical Trade Unions, Associations and Collective Organizations


Conclusion
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