Wednesday 21 February 2018

Gap between number of men and women in workforce narrowing – CSO

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

THE gap between the number of men and women in the workforce is continuing to narrow – due to more men losing their jobs as the construction sector crashed.

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) revealed the latest information from the Census 2011 revealed the number of people at work in April 2011 was 2.2 million – with an extra 122,705 at work since 2006.

Women accounted for 88pc of the people joining the workforce.

Deirdre Cullen, senior statistician with the CSO, said: “What we have seen is the overall number of workers has fallen by 123,000 in the five year period but within that the number of women at work has increased by 30,000 whereas the number of men at work has fallen by 153,000.

“We’ve also seen the labour force participation rate for women increase while that for men has fallen.”

Ms Cullen said over the five year period the impact of the downturn had affected the construction and manufacturing sectors which were heavily dominated by male employment.

The CSO report ‘This is Ireland – Highlights from Census 2011’ painted a broad picture of the number of people at work, in education and the state of the nation’s health.

It revealed the number of students aged 15-years and older since 2006 had increased by more than 59,000 or 16.9pc to 408,838 in education. The number of men aged between 19 to 24-years in full-time education had increased from 27.1pc at the time the last Census was taken in 2006 to 38.9pc in 2011.

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