Friday 31 October 2014

Better educated – but women miss out on the top jobs

Claire McCormack

Published 30/07/2014 | 02:30

Women hold less managerial positions despite being better educated
Women hold less managerial positions despite being better educated

Women are not being appointed to managerial positions despite them having more third level qualifications than men, a new report has shown.

Twice as many men in Ireland hold senior managerial positions despite the fact that significantly more women have completed third level education.

Over 55.3pc of women aged 25-34 were recorded as having a third level education in 2013 compared to just 42.7pc of men in this age group

However the CSO report on Men and Women in Ireland 2013, also reveals that women are significantly under-represented in decision-making structures in Ireland at both national and regional levels.

Women accounted for less than half of all manager, director and senior official positions in 2013.

Nearly a quarter (24pc) of women in employment were in professional occupations and close to a fifth (19.3pc) were in administrative and secretarial occupations.

Over nine out of every ten workers (91.2pc) in skilled trades was male while around five out of six employed women worked in caring, leisure and other services.

Orla O' Connor, Director of the National Women's Council of Ireland said: "Two thirds of civil servants are women, but yet you go to senior level in terms of secretary generals we've two that are women and 15 men. This report again shows the the barrier to women's representation at higher level."

Although the report reveals that Ireland is highly ranked in terms of it's gender equality index compared to other EU member states, it also shows that women are not well represented at senior levels

* 44pc of primary school managers are women

* 41pc of second-level school managers are women

* 37pc of medical and dental consultants are women

Women's income is also less than men. Even when women work longer hours their hourly earnings were around 94pc of men in 2011.

On the plus side, male unemployment dropped from 15.9pc in 2013 to 13.8pc in 2014 while female unemployment dropped from 11.4pc to 9.9pc in the same period.

Ms O'Connor pointed to the employment figures for working women which show that the numbers in the workforce drop after they have children. I think that is really significant as you don't see that drop in terms of men."

The report also showed that of 13,526 people sent to jail in 2012, only one in six were women.

Irish Independent

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