Women and the economy

Published Wednesday, November 18, 2015

This note looks at women’s participation in the UK labour market and in business.

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This note looks at women’s participation in the UK labour market and in business.

69.0% of women aged 16-64 were in employment in July-September 2015, the highest proportion since comparable records began in 1971. This compares to a male employment rate of 78.5%.

Male and female employment rates

 

Employment by gender

 

An estimated 20% of SMEs (around 1.1 million SMEs) were led by women in 2014.

26% of FTSE100 directors were female in October 2015, up from 13% in 2011.

Commons Briefing papers SN06838

Authors: Jeanne Delebarre; Chris Rhodes

Topics: Economic situation, Employment, Pay

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