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% of Women in Employment

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Women make up half or more of employees resident in 210 out of 374 areas in England, Wales and Northern Ireland 2011 census shows.

Equal pay for women is not just an issue of fairness but is something that directly impacts on the economic prosperity of many areas says GMB.

In 210 out of 374 areas in England, Wales and Northern Ireland region women in employment make up half or more of all workers in employment resident in the area according to the 2011 Census of Population.

In England and Wales the total number of employees in employment amounts to 21.5 million. About half of that i.e. 10.74 million are men and 10.72 million are women. See Note 2 below. These figures are for all employees in employment including full time and part time.

Northern Ireland has the highest proportion of women in employment of any region in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  In Northern Ireland the total number of employees in employment is 639,943. Of these 332,967 are women in employment. That is 52% of the total employees in employment in the region which means that the number of women in employment outnumber the 306.976 men in employment.

After Northern Ireland the region with the next highest proportion of women in employment is Wales at 50.6%, followed by North West at 50.5%, North East at 50.5%, South West at 50.1%, South East at 49.9%, Yorkshire and the Humber at 49.8%, London at 49.8%, Eastern at 49.7%, West Midlands at 49.7% and East Midlands at 49.6%. The figures for these 11 regions in the UK are set out in the table below. No data has yet been published for Scotland.

There are 41 areas where women in employment are 52% or more of all employees in employment resident in these areas. The area with the highest proportion of women in employment resident in the area is Down at 54.0%, followed by Knowsley, Moyle and Ards at 53.4%, Limavady and Omagh at 53.3%, Newry and Mourne at 53.0%, Sefton at 52.9%, Conwy, Epping Forest and Torbay at 52.8%, Thanet, Ballymoney and Powys at 52.7%, Rother, Broxbourne, Hastings and Fermanagh at 52.6%, Castlereagh, Derry and Wyre at 52.5%,Craven at 52.4%, Denbighshire, Armagh and  Isle of Wight at 52.3%, West Somerset, Ceredigion, Torridge, Bexley, West Devon and Banbridge at 52.2%, Eastbourne, Blackpool, Bromley, Teignbridge, Adur and South Hams at 52.1%, and Strabane, Arun, Bromsgrove and Sutton at 52.0% The figures for these 41 areas are in notes to editors below.

This information is drawn from a new analysis by GMB of the data from the 2011 Census of Population released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) earlier in December 2012. See Notes to Editors for sources and definitions. The figures for all 374 areas are set out as a pdf at the foot of this release on the GMB websitehttp://www.gmb.org.uk/.

EMPLOYEES IN EMPLOYMENT IN 11 UK REGIONS – usual residents aged 16-74

   Employees in Employment: ALL  Employees in Employment: MALE  Employees in Employment: FEMALE FEMALE %
England & Wales 21,462,202 10,737,806 10,724,396 50.0
England 20,349,832 10,188,133 10,161,699 49.9
         
Northern Ireland 639,943 306,976 332,967 52.0
Wales 1,112,370 549,673 562,697 50.6
North West 2,665,979 1,318,412 1,347,567 50.5
North East 980,163 485,416 494,747 50.5
South West 2,026,895 1,011,367 1,015,528 50.1
South East 3,403,761 1,706,003 1,697,758 49.9
Yorkshire and The Humber 1,999,954 1,003,878 996,076 49.8
London 3,104,310 1,559,124 1,545,186 49.8
Eastern 2,303,318 1,157,807 1,145,511 49.7
West Midlands 2,091,598 1,051,973 1,039,625 49.7
East Midlands 1,773,854 894,153 879,701 49.6

Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary, said, “These figures show that for workers resident in most areas in England, Wales and Northern Ireland there are more women in employment than there are men in employment.  That means that equal pay for women is not just an issue of fairness but is something that directly impacts on the economic prosperity of many areas.

Politicians should no longer think of men as the breadwinner. They should consider the impact on women's wage packets and their experiences at work when they propose changes to employment policies.

Employers need to acknowledge the fundamental importance of flexible working and family friendly policies as women still continue to take on the burden of domestic work and childcare.”

Ends

Contact: Kamaljeet Jandu, GMB Equality and Inclusion Officer on 07956 237178 or Martin Smith, GMB National organiser on 07974 251722 or GMB Press Office: 07974 251823.

Full table of figures

Related release for the East of England

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Notes to editors

1 Source: 2011 Census:  Economic activity - Employees in Employment. Source: England & Wales: Office for National Statistics   © Crown Copyright 2012. Source: Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency © Crown Copyright 2012.

2 The figure of female to male for England and Wales is 50% when rounded to 1 decimal place, to 2 places it is 49.97%. Male figures are 10,737,806 (rounded 10.74m), female figures 10,724,396 (rounded, 10.72m).

3 Top 41 places with the highest proportion of women in employment in England, Wales and Northern Ireland:  usual residents aged 16 to 74.

     Employees in Employment: ALL  Employees in Employment: MALE  Employees in Employment: FEMALE FEMALE %
           
  England & Wales 21,462,202 10,737,806 10,724,396 50.0
  England 20,349,832 10,188,133 10,161,699 49.9
           
           
rank          
           
1 Down 23,718 10,901 12,817 54.0
2 Knowsley 53,238 24,795 28,443 53.4
3 Moyle 5,118 2,384 2,734 53.4
4 Ards 28,646 13,348 15,298 53.4
5 Limavady 10,322 4,823 5,499 53.3
6 Omagh 16,333 7,633 8,700 53.3
7 Newry and Mourne 31,703 14,903 16,800 53.0
8 Sefton 100,818 47,492 53,326 52.9
9 Conwy 39,095 18,451 20,644 52.8
10 Epping Forest 46,745 22,071 24,674 52.8
11 Torbay UA 44,319 20,939 23,380 52.8
12 Thanet 43,563 20,585 22,978 52.7
13 Ballymoney 10,364 4,902 5,462 52.7
14 Powys 45,165 21,372 23,793 52.7
15 Rother 27,183 12,885 14,298 52.6
16 Broxbourne 36,873 17,486 19,387 52.6
17 Hastings 31,864 15,113 16,751 52.6
18 Fermanagh 21,132 10,023 11,109 52.6
19 Castlereagh 27,245 12,932 14,313 52.5
20 Derry 33,091 15,725 17,366 52.5
21 Wyre 38,221 18,164 20,057 52.5
22 Craven 20,679 9,839 10,840 52.4
23 Denbighshire 32,817 15,647 17,170 52.3
24 Armagh 20,711 9,878 10,833 52.3
25 Isle of Wight UA 46,081 21,980 24,101 52.3
26 West Somerset 10,916 5,214 5,702 52.2
27 Ceredigion 21,773 10,403 11,370 52.2
28 Torridge 21,198 10,130 11,068 52.2
29 Bexley 89,910 42,988 46,922 52.2
30 West Devon 18,028 8,624 9,404 52.2
31 Banbridge 17,863 8,546 9,317 52.2
32 Eastbourne 35,095 16,802 18,293 52.1
33 Blackpool UA 49,066 23,504 25,562 52.1
34 Bromley 120,518 57,743 62,775 52.1
35 Teignbridge 45,283 21,708 23,575 52.1
36 Adur 23,479 11,256 12,223 52.1
37 South Hams 28,159 13,501 14,658 52.1
38 Strabane 11,597 5,562 6,035 52.0
39 Arun 53,341 25,591 27,750 52.0
40 Bromsgrove 37,098 17,801 19,297 52.0
41 Sutton 78,613 37,745 40,868 52.0
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