They say the devil is in the details, and indeed that is true, especially when reading through government statistics on unemployment in Ireland in 2013. I have been looking at a recently published CSO document on Ireland’s Labour Force statistics. http://www.cso.ie/en/media/csoie/releasespublications/documents/latestheadlinefigures/qnhs_q12013.pdf
I was focused on the stat that while there were 20,500 or so additional people working in Q1 of 2013, a welcome bit of news indeed, reducing those on Social Welfare in Ireland. However a footnote reveals the sad fact that the bulk of those new jobs were part-time or temporary. While the numbers of workers in full-time employment fell by 3,700, those in part-time or temporary jobs rose by 24,200.
Oddly enough, the majority of this part-time work went to Men. So much for equality one may say. On closer scrutiny however Males, yes, thats Men in government-speak, have a rate of unemployment which stands at 17.6%. Women on the other hand have an enviable rate of unemployment of only 10.2%.
Curiosity aroused, I looked a little further into the report and discovered that there are predictably, I suppose, more women than men in the potential workforce. There are 1,827,800 women over 15 years of age in Ireland and only 1,771,300 men. Male participation in the workforce is 67.5%, whereas female is lower, by virtue of traditional home-makers at 52.2%. This contrasts starkly with the UK rate of female unemployment, which a recent study shows is growing at a much faster rate then that of males http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/24/unemployment-hits-uk-women-harder and women are become long-term unemployed at a rate that is three times that of men.
I do not have statistics to hand that show the sex of recent emigrants from Ireland but one supposes that males are probably in the majority there, so the difference in numbers unemployed between the sexes is growing.
Finally, just to add a little more kindling to the fire, one other report from the CSO caught my eye with a headline ‘80% of Travellers unemployed’ http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/80-of-travellers-unemployed-cso-211310.html
The survey revealed that there is a potential Traveller workforce of almost 10,000 men and women, of whom 86.6% of men and 81.2% of women travellers were unemployed.
Do women have it better in the workplace nowadays, or is it just that Prada looks better on women at interview?
Just a thought (tongue in cheek) on reading these reports. Meanwhile on http://www.icanwork4u.com there are roughly equal numbers of men and women registered as seeking work, part-time or full-time, contract or once-off projects, on the website. Icanwork4u, helping ireland get back to work, one job-seeker at a time.