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Gender gap on pay in Wales widens

An American wartime propaganda poster from 1943 to boost worker morale.

Women also are still earning less than men because they are often working in lower-paid and part-time jobs with the majority of people in higher paid work still men. Here are the headline figures from the Working Patterns in Wales report:

· Four out of five Welsh workers are in gender-segregated occupations

· 64% of full-time jobs are held by men

· 88% of part-time jobs are held by women

· 90% of men work full-time and 10% part-time

· 91% of jobs in the Skilled Trades are held by men

· Only three skilled trade occupations out of a total of 56 are dominated by women

· 84% of Wales' professional women are concentrated in education, health, social work and public administration.

· At least 40% of work in feminized occupations is contracted on a part-time basis

· The hourly pay gap between full-time male workers and part-time female is 34%


'Women are largely missing from decision-making tables' says Equality and Human Rights Commissioner

A new report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission shows almost no progress has been made over the last decade in getting more women in Wales into positions of power.

When we look back over a decade of gathering these statistics, our findings show that in several sectors there are fewer women at the top than in 2004. This represents a lost decade in attempts to get more women into senior positions in Wales.

These figures highlight a wider failure to ensure our corridors of power reflect the diversity of Wales and include people from under-represented groups, such as ethnic minority and disabled people.

Good intentions are not enough. This year's report is a wake-up call. it is time to adopt strong measures to speed up the pace of change.

– Ann Beynon, Commissioner for Wales, Equality and Human Rights Commission

'Lost decade' in attempts to get more women into top jobs

A survey of 100 top companies in Wales found only 2% have women Chief Executives Credit: PA

Almost no progress has been made over the past decade in getting more women into positions of power and influence in Wales. That's according to a new report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

The 'Who Runs Wales? 2014' report looks at key areas of Welsh life including politics, local government, health and the private sector, in order to assess the gender balance at decision-making tables in Wales.

The findings of the report compared to a decade ago are as follows:

• 42% of the National Assembly are women, compared with 50% in 2003.

• 27% of the Welsh Government Cabinet, compared with 56% 10 years ago.

• Only 10% of NHS Trust Chief Executives are women. It was 29% in 2003.

• 9% of Council leaders in Wales are women, compared with 14% ten years ago.

The report also found only 27% of Welsh Councillors are women.

It also found there are no female Police and Crime Commissioners or Chief Constables.

Ann Beynon, Commissioner for Wales, Equality and Human Rights Commission said the report paints a stark picture of Wales.


Minister 'looking at ways to improve affordable childcare'

Today's report will help us to take stock of the position of women in the Welsh workforce and highlight work that still needs to be done.

It is vital that we challenge stereotypes in subject choice at school and in the workplace and that this should begin at the earliest opportunity.

The costs and quality of childcare are a major concern for many parents who are in the workplace or who wish to work. The Welsh Government is committed to taking action to improve things for ordinary people and I am looking at ways to improve access to affordable childcare.

– Huw Lewis AM, Communities Minister

Lack of childcare 'affects woman's ability to work'

  • Just under 80% of women said being a builder was more suitable for a man and around half said that being a plumber or an electrician was more suitable for a man.
  • 78% of employers said lack of childcare affected a woman's ability to work fulltime, while they thought it only affected 48% of men's.
  • 60% of employers think that further action by the state would help to achieve equality.

'Mix of barriers' facing women in Wales' workforce

Two thirds of women in Wales work. Credit: David Parry/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A report by an agency set up to for the economic development of women in Wales has found that while women have made considerable progress in the Welsh workforce over the past 16 years, there is a "mix of barriers" facing them that limit their contribution to the Welsh economy.

Chwarae Teg said the reason why a woman's progress may be hindered is because powerful stereotypes and assumptions about the suitability of certain jobs for different genders "shape women's place in the workforce".

The report, which interviewed 600 women and 400 employers, found that many experience a skills squeeze - they are more highly qualified and more likely to receive in work training than men yet they continue to work in lower skilled jobs and receive lower pay.

It added that affordable and accessible childcare needs to be more available for women who want to balance child care responsibilities and work because at the moment some women feel a lack of childcare hindered their business opportunities.

The agency concluded that for Wales to successfully compete on a global stage the skills and experience of working women needs to be better utilised.

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