Economic report no. 4 September 2012: women and work

Economic report no. 4 September 2012: women and work
Document type
Report
Corporate author(s)
Trade Union Congress
Publisher
TUC
Date of publication
19 September 2012
Series
Economic Reports
Subject(s)
Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business, People management: all aspects of managing people
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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This Economic Report looks at changes to women's employment since the turn of the century, paying special attention to what has happened since the recession. Key findings:

  • The number of women in employment grew steadily from 2000 to 2012; women's employment rate rose until 2008, but then fell and was nearly the same level in 2012 as it had been in 2000.
  • There have now been over one million women unemployed for two years.
  • There have been over 300,000 women long-term unemployed since July 2011; while women's chances of being long-term unemployed have increased, the ratio of male long-term unemployment to female has been falling since before the recession.
  • Women account for under a third of those in self-employment but over half the increase in self-employment since the recession.
  • The number of women part-time workers who would prefer a full-time job is rising and the numbers who do not want a full-time job falling, for more than eight years.
  • Women are a majority of underemployed workers; the number of underemployed women workers has risen by 40 per cent since 2008.
  • The number of working age women classified as retired has been falling since the recession; this surprising result may be an effect of the raising of women's pension age.

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