Around 28 per cent of women have been out of work for longer than a year, well below the 45 per cent of long-term unemployed men, according to Labour Market Trends, produced by the Office for National Statistics.
The average hourly wage for full-time women workers is pounds 7 - 80 per cent of that for men (pounds 8.75). Part-time earnings are roughly the same for both sexes, at just over pounds 5 an hour.
The number of women with jobs has increased by 1.3 million in the last decade. Half of those are part-time workers. Overall, women form an increasing proportion of the workforce, representing more than 43 per cent last year, the report said.Reuse content