Women in the labour market

Women in the labour market: ONS

  • Rising employment for women and falling employment for men over 40 years
  • Men have consistently higher employment rates than women above the age of 22
  • Employment rates for women lowest in Northern Ireland and London
  • Birmingham has the lowest employment rate among the smaller areas
  • Men with children more likely to work than those without – opposite picture for women
  • The employment rate gap between mothers in a couple and lone mothers smaller for those with older children
  • Men tend to work in the professional occupations associated with higher levels of pay than women
  • Women dominate employment within caring and leisure occupations
  • The number of women working within managerial roles slightly higher than the EU average
  • Female graduates more likely to work in a slightly lower skilled occupation group than men
  • Men make up the majority of workers in the top 10% of earners for all employees but the gap is lower for those under 30
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