In Summary
  • However even in sectors where women are well represented, they are mostly confined to the lower cadre posts.
  • Efforts to increase participation of women in the labour market appear to have made little progress in recent years.

Women dominate in education, health and social work and producing goods and services for household, which includes domestic work, an analysis of labour force data by Nation Newsplex reveals.

The analysis finds that while female participation is modest in the higher-paying professional scientific and technical fields (30 per cent) as well as finance and insurance (40 per cent), they dominate in education (52 per cent), health and social work (60 per cent) and producing goods and services for household, which includes domestic workers (64 per cent).

Efforts to increase participation of women in the labour market appear to have made little progress in recent years

However even in sectors where women are well represented, they are mostly confined to the lower cadre posts.

For instance, only about 20 per cent of women are school principals, even though they make up about half of primary school teachers.

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