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Women and the economy

Published Thursday, April 14, 2016

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.

69.1% of women aged 16-64 were in employment in November 2015-January 2016, the highest proportion since comparable records began in 1971. This compares to a male employment rate of 79.2%.

 

The number of women aged 16 and over (16+) working full-time stayed at 8.4 million in November 2015-January 2016, compared to 14.5 million men. The number of women working part-time was 6.2 million, compared to 2.3 million men.

 

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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