Female employment at record high

Female employment is now the highest since records began

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The UK employment rate for women has reached the highest levels on record at 72 per cent, as employment figures continued to strengthen across the board.

The Office for National Statistics said the strong female employment figures followed changes to the state pension age, which have resulted in fewer women retiring between the ages of 60 and 65.

The number of women with no job who are not actively seeking one also fell to a record low of 25.2 per cent.

The Office for National Statistics spokesman Matt Hughes said the labour market “continues to be strong”.

“The overall gap between men and women in hours worked is now the lowest ever - women now average about three-quarters of men's weekly hours, compared with around two-thirds 25 years ago,” he said.

The overall employment rate remained at an all-time high in the UK, with the number of working people up by 32,000 in the three months to April.

The figure of 76.1 per cent was the equal highest employment total since records began in 1971.

Unemployment fell by 34,000 to 1.3 million, continuing a trend which began in 2012.

The official unemployment rate of 3.8 per cent is the equal lowest since the end of 1974.

Average earnings were also on the rise, increasing by 3.1 per cent compared to the same period a year ago.

The number of job vacancies for March to May was 837,000, which was risen since this time last year.

However it was a drop on the three months to February 2019.

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