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Women and the economy

Published Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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.

70.0% of women aged 16-64 were in employment in October-December 2016, the highest proportion since comparable records began in 1971. This compares to a male employment rate of 79.3%.

 

The number of women aged 16 and over working full-time was 8.7 million in October-December 2016, compared to 14.6 million men. The number of women working part-time was 6.3 million, compared to 2.3 million men.

 

An estimated 21% of SMEs were led by women in 2015.

26% of FTSE100 directors were female in June 2016, up from 13% in 2011.

 

Commons Briefing papers SN06838

Authors: Andy Powell; Federico Mor

Topics: Economic situation, Employment, Pay

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