Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Women’s labour market participation increasing

13 March 2008

Women’s labour market participation increasing

Women’s participation in the labour force continued to increase in 2007, so that the gap between male and female participation is the smallest since the Household Labour Force Survey began in 1986, Social Development and Employment Minister Ruth Dyson said today.

"The Department of Labour's second annual report ‘Female Labour Market Outcomes' shows that the female labour force pariticipation rate has increased from 59.2% in December 2002 to 61.9% in December 2007," Ms Dyson said.

"Although this is lower than the male participation rate of 75.6% for the year ended December 2007, the women’s workforce participation has increased more rapidly than men’s so that the gap was smaller in December 2007 than it has been at any other time since 1986.”

“Strong economic growth and increased flexibility in the labour market over the past five years have seen an increase in the number of women in paid work, fewer unemployed women and fewer women outside the labour force.”

Other results from the report include:

In the year to December 2007, there were 994,800 employed females compared to 1,161,000 employed males.

Overall employment growth in recent quarters has been driven by changes in female employment. Annual female employment growth for the year end December 2007 was 2.1% compared to 1.6% for males.

Employment growth for females has been slightly greater than employment growth for males over the past 5 years – increasing at 2.7% per year for women and 2.4% per year for men.

A relatively large proportion of women are working part-time, 34.5% compared to the OECD average of 26.4%

"Our government’s policies such as Working for Families tax credits, 20 hours free Early Childhood Education, 14 weeks Paid Parental Leave and the Choices for Living, Caring and Working programme combined with an historic low unemployment rate of 3.4 % have enabled more women than ever before to get into paid work,” Ruth Dyson said.

The full report can be seen at the Department of Labour website www.dol.govt.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Not Easy: Gordon Campbell On The Greens’ Ongoing Problems

Hard to treat the Greens’ belated decision to stand a candidate in Ohariu as being anything other than a desperation move, by a party whose own leadership is evidently concerned about its chances of survival...

A few months ago, the Greens felt able to forego that role in Ohariu in order to help a beleaguered Labour Party get its candidate Greg O’Connor across the line, and knock Peter Dunne out of the parliamentary frame. More>>

 

Closing The Gap: Ardern Rules Out Income Tax Rise

After earlier commitments by Jacinda Ardern to do something about inequality and poverty, this new position on income tax seems an about face. To do something significant about inequality requires increases in income for those at the bottom and decreases for those at the top... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On DHB Deficits And Free Trade

Currently the world is looking on aghast at the Trump administration’s plans to slash Obamacare, mainly in order to finance massive tax changes that will deliver most of their gains to the wealthy. Lives will be lost in the trade-off. Millions of Americans stand to lose access to the healthcare they need... More>>

Greens' Response: Slum-Like Rentals Exposed In Renting Review

“...The grim findings of the review are a wakeup call about the true state of rentals in this country. Too many renters are festering in slum-like conditions under the thumb of landlords who have largely unchecked powers and ignore tenants’ complaints when it suits them.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election