Women are the driv­ing force of pub­lic sec­tor jobs

New fig­ures show 72.5 per cent are fe­male

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Ron Moore

14.09.2018 Women are still vastly out­num­ber­ing men work­ing in full-time coun­cil jobs, new fig­ures re­veal.

Of al­most 8,000 peo­ple work­ing in lo­cal gov­ern­ment posts in Ren­frew­shire, a stag­ger­ing 5,800 are fe­male, com­pared with only 2,200 males.

The Joint Staffing Watch Sur­vey shows women make up 72.5 per cent of all pub­lic sec­tor em­ploy­ees in the lo­cal author­ity area, a ma­jor­ity of al­most four to one times greater than their male coun­ter­parts.

And the trend in favour of women is grow­ing, as the lo­cal gov­ern­ment fe­male work­force in­creased by 2.9 per cent over the last year.

Of­fi­cial Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment fig­ures show there are 160 more women work­ing in coun­cil jobs in June, com­pared with June last year, while the num­ber of men em­ployed in the sec­tor has re­mained level over the same pe­riod.

How­ever, coun­cil jobs make up less then 10 per cent of the to­tal 86,000 Ren­frew­shire work­force em­ployed in a va­ri­ety of jobs as of June.

The weight­ing in favour of women may be ex­plained by the num­ber of fe­males work­ing in the teach­ing and health­care pro­fes­sions.

A break­down of all jobs by sec­tor in the Ren­frew­shire area shows 32 per cent of the en­tire work­force is em­ployed in the pub­lic ad­min, ed­u­ca­tion and health sec­tor.

A fur­ther 19.2 per cent is em­ployed in the ho­tel, restau­rant and distri­bu­tion sec­tor, 14.4 per cer cent is em­ployed in bank­ing and fi­nance and 12.4 per cent is work­ing in trans­porta­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Only 9.4 per cent of the work­force is em­ployed in man­u­fac­tur­ing, 5.9 per cent work in con­struc­tion and 5.3 per cent is em­ployed in other ser­vices.

The male em­ploy­ment rate in the lo­cal author­ity area has reached 80.3 per cent in the last year, equiv­a­lent to 44,000 men in full-time work.

This is up five per cent on the pre­vi­ous year or equal to 2,000 more males in work, ac­cord­ing to Labour Mar­ket Sta­tis­tics com­piled by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

Fe­male em­ploy­ment rate in Ren­frew­shire is 72.2 per cent, equal to 41,900 women in work in June, which is slightly down on the fig­ure from June last year, when 42,600 were in work.

There are 12,400 peo­ple aged 1416 in work in the Ren­frew­shire area, equiv­a­lent to a youth em­ploy­ment rate of 69.5 per cent, which is up by 700 new jobs on 2017.

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