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November 11, 2009



You don't seem to have mentioned the impact of childbirth on women's employment status, which surely explains much of disparity between younger workers and those over 25?

Mr Eugenides

I read this on my RSS reader and clicked through, fully expecting to see the post illustrated with a large photo illustrating the principle of feminisation.

I have to say that I'm disappointed...


A small but significant effect here comes from those who continue to work beyond retirement age. The numbers of these in employment has not fallen since the onset of recession, and in fact has risen a bit. Over the last decade or so, women have become more likely to stay in employment beyond retirement age than men, whereas previously the proportions of either gender doing so were roughly equal.


Can't think of a reason for a male like you or me to worry if this really is happening. But I have been worried for the last 60 years or so because it was not happening.

Ron Derven

Any trend toward equality is a great one.

Ron D

phil jones

I wonder if it's a sign that we're tumbling into the third-world (what with the annihilation of the middle-class etc.) In most non-developed countries women do most of the work, while men sit around idling.


Sounds good Phil!


i don't think we should worry about the gender trends (unless we thought men were being prevented from working due to discrimination) but the part time trend might be more significant.

It's hard determine whether the growth of part time means that more work is done - people who wdon't want to work full time and who previosuly stayed at home, are now able to enter the workplace. This is good.

Or whether we are experiencing some kind of restructuring where full-time jobs are hard to get, and so less work is being done. A bad thing.


Great - thanks for those figures - I've needed something like that.

Andrew Duffin

I would imagine that any feminisation of the workforce that depends on an ever-increasing number of public-sector jobs is probably a self-limiting process, and one which is likely to hit the buffers sooner rather than later.

It's true, though, that there are probably other reasons for the feminisation (risk-averse cultures which favour women, the feminisation of education leading to women having better qualifications, etc etc).

Soft Cialis

Should women have the right to an assumption of joint marital property?

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