Women and the economy

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Author: Powell, Andrew; Mor, Federico


This brief paper examines women's participation in the UK labour market and in business. It looks at trends in female employment, earnings and the gender pay gap, and women leading businesses. Key findings are that: (1) compared to a male employment rate of 79.3 per cent, 70.0 per cent of women aged 16-64 were in employment in October-December 2016, the highest proportion since comparable records began in 1971 - recent increases in the rate are partly due to ongoing changes to the State Pension age for women; (2) the number of women aged 16 and over working full-time was 8.7 million in...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Gender; Income; Employment; Participation; Management; Outcomes; Statistics

Keywords: Labour force participation; Employment status; Employment pattern; Unemployment; Trend; Wage; Wage differential; Self employment; Leadership

Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe

Published: London, England: House of Commons Library, 2017

Physical description: 13 p.

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Series: House of Commons Library briefing paper; no. CBP06838, 1 March 2017

Resource type: Paper

Call number: TD/TNC 127.960

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