Women are the driving force of public sector jobs
New figures show 72.5 per cent are female
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.