Record Numbers of UK Women Now in Work; Statistics Show 13.6m Jobs Filled by Females in Association with Publicjobswales.Co.UK
Byline: By LIAM CREEDON
A RECORD number of women are now in work, but half of these jobs are parttime positions, the Office of National Statistics has revealed The report found the number of working women has risen steadily over the last decades with 2008 employment levels at a record high.
There are now roughly 13.6 million jobs filled by women, with a similar amount held by men.
But only one-in-six men hold parttime posts compared to around half of all women's jobs being part-time positions.
And men still boast a higher employment rate of 79% compared to 70% for women.
The research his the latest up date on the long-running Focus on Gender study which started in the 1970s.
The findings, which update the study for the first time in more than three years, reveal that having children impacts on women taking up full-time positions.
Thirty-eight per cent of women with dependent children worked part-time compared with only 4% of men with dependent children.
Commenting on the findings, a spokeswoman for the Government's Equality Unit said: "The Government is committed to supporting families, so they can choose how to balance work while caring for children and older relatives.
"Flexible working has been a great success, but we want to make sure everyone who is entitled to this right to request knows about it - including fathers and those who care for older relatives - which is why we'll be launching an awareness campaign later this year."
Other findings from the survey found that last year there were almost three times as many women aged 90 or over than men.
The majority of criminal offenders were male. Eighty per cent of offenders were men compared to just 20% of women.
Women statistically made more shopping trips but men made more business and commuting journeys than their female counterparts. …