Tuesday 26 March 2019

Ireland ranks higher than Britain, the US, for working women

Ireland has ranked 19 for working women in the OECD (stock photo)
Ireland has ranked 19 for working women in the OECD (stock photo)
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Ireland ranks higher than Britain and United States for working women.

This is according to The Economist’s 2019 'Glass Ceiling Index'.

The index is an annual assessment of where women have the best and worst chances of equal treatment at work in OECD countries.

It looks factors such as education, labour-force participation, pay, child-care costs, maternity and paternity rights, business-school applications and representation in senior jobs to create a ranking of the 29 OECD countries.

Ireland ranked in the lower half of the group – 19 out of the 29 countries – but ahead of the United States (20) and Britain (24).

Somewhat unsurprisingly, the Nordic countries are still the best places to work if you are a woman.

These countries – which include Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland, and Denmark – are particularly good at helping women complete university, secure a job, access senior positions, and take advantage of quality parental-leave systems and flexible work schedules.

At the other end of the scale, Turkey, Japan, and South Korea continue to rank as the worst places to be a working woman out of the OCED countries.

Highlights from this year’s index include the fact that the gender pay gap remains largely unchanged at around 14pc.

Meanwhile the share of women in the labour force has crept slightly higher to 64pc, but this is still 16 percentage points below the male average.

On a more negative note, the share of women in management has flatlined since last year at 32pc.

The best and worst OECD countries to be a working woman are:

 1. Sweden

 2. Norway

 3. Iceland

 4. Finland

 5. France

 6. Belgium

 7. Denmark

 8. Portugal

 9. Hungary

 10. Poland

 11. Canada

 12. Italy

 13. Slovakia

 14. Austria

 15. Spain

 16. Israel

 17. Australia

 18. New Zealand

 19. Ireland

 20. United States

 21. Germany

 22. Greece

 23. Czech Republic

 24. Britain

 25. Netherlands

 26. Switzerland

 27. Turkey

 28. Japan

 29. South Korea

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