49 fascinating stats about women in the workplace

Sunday marked International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate women’s achievements while raising awareness for gender equality

Here are 49 top notch stats about women in the workplace:

  1. There are 13 million women in work (ONS)

  2. In 2014, there were a record number of women graduates while the number of women with no qualifications was at its lowest (ONS)

  3. 129,000 women were paid the minimum wage in 2014, compared with 107,000 men (ONS)

  4. 41% of female employees report feeling uncomfortable asking for information about maternity leave benefits (Glassdoor)

  5. 92% of the top 200 most followed women across social media represent just five professions: singer, actress, model, TV star, WAG (The Female Lead)

  6. The larger a company or organisation, the less likely it will be headed by a woman (ILO)

  7. Parents are twice as likely to advise boys to take on an apprenticeship than girls (British Gas)

  8. 41% of women work part-time (ONS)

  9. Part-time women were paid 5.5% more than men in 2014 (ONS)

  10. In 2013, 51% of countries offered 14 weeks’ maternity leave or more (ILO)

  11. The employment rate for women is 67% (ONS)

  12. In 2014, the gender pay gap was 19.1%

  13. At the current rate, the gender pay gap will not close for 70 years (UN)

  14. Globally, women earn 77% of the amount paid to men (UN)

  15. A woman with two children in the UK can expect to earn 25% less than a childless woman (Warwick University)

  16. It is estimated that for each year a mother is absent from the workplace her future wages will reduce by 5% (Fawcett Society)

  17. 70% of girls top three career choices are traditionally female stereotyped roles: beauty industry, nursing & childcare (British Gas)

  18. Only 6% of angel investors into businesses are women (UKBAA)

  19. The UK is 14th of 27 OECD countries for female labour participation (PwC)

  20. Female boardroom membership has increased 5% since 2013 (PwC)

  21. Only 41% of female millennials starting careers believe they can reach the top with their employer, compared with 71% of men (PwC)

  22. The majority of women (71%) think, while companies talked about diversity, there were not really opportunities for all (PwC)

  23. One in five women fear they would be putting themselves at risk of redundancy if they ask their workplace about maternity leave benefits (Glassdoor)

  24. Women sit on 19% of board seats globally (ILO)

  25. Half of women said employers are too male biased when considering internal promotions (PwC)

  26. During periods of low inflation, women’s employment is more severely affected then men’s (UN)

  27. 46% of women globally are categorised as being in “vulnerable employment” (low pay and poor working conditions) compared with 44% of men (ILO)

  28. Globally, the number of women MPs has doubled but still only accounts for 22% of parliamentarians (ILO)

  29. There has only ever been one parliament with a majority of women, Rwanda, with 63% (ILO)

  30. Nearly four times as many 15-year-old boys are planning a career in engineering or computing than girls (OECD)

  31. Women own or manage 30% of businesses globally, but these are concentrated in small or micro businesses (ILO)

  32. The gender pay gap is worst in the South East of England at 12.9% for full-time workers (ONS)

  33. Less than 5% of CEOs of the world’s largest corporations are women (ILO)

  34. In the European Union (EU), women spend an average of 26 hours per week on care and household activities, compared with 9 hours for men (European Commission)

  35. In the UK, 31% of millennial women have left a job because there weren’t enough opportunities (PwC)

  36. 71% of women said they would like to work outside their home country during their career (PwC)

  37. However, only 20% of current international assignees are women (PwC)

  38. 18% of female millennials think women have fewer opportunities to work abroad than men. This figure increases for older women (PwC)

  39. In Northern Ireland, full-time women earn 3.2% more than full-time men (ONS)

  40. Equal Pay Day

  41. 42% of women earn equal salaries to their partner or spouse while almost one quarter (24%) are the primary earner in their relationships (PwC)

  42. The largest gender pay gap for full-time workers in in financial services, at 35% (ONS)

  43. Women are more likely than men to be put off working in an industry because of its image, with 57% of women saying this (PwC)

  44. Only 1 girl in 10 sees an apprenticeship as a viable option for themselves (British Gas)

  45. Only 27% of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) graduates in G20 countries are female (PwC)

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Readers' comments (2)

  • What a lot of pathetic statistics, they mean nothing without qualification and justification For example
    'Parents are twice as likely to advise boys to take on an apprenticeship than girls' .

    Was that because they advise them to go to University? Look at the University stats for female/male in Medicine - Gender bias?

    Stats and articles like this do nothing to help equalise gender, they just show how biased, ignorant and shallow feminist campaigners are. That's not to say there aren't problems elsewhere in the world but in the UK women actually have a better deal then men, from education to pensions.

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  • Thanks for your feedback Brian M.

    Firstly, a note on your manner - I spent a lot of time pulling all this information together from reputable sources (all of which are referenced), so I find it pretty insulting to see you call it "pathetic" and "ignorant".

    Second, all I've included is the bare stats, and absolutely no comment on women's place at work or in society. In fact, if you'd have read past number 7, you'd have seen, for example that in Northern Ireland women out-earn men. The fact you see an anti-men agenda here is very telling.

    Third, your inference that men are somehow victims in the workplace is absolutely laughable. I'm honestly in disbelief that you could read all those figures about how women are paid less for doing the same job, on more unstable contracts, passed over for promotion because they have children, scared they'll get made redundant if they ask for maternity information, etc, and still think "women actually have a better deal than men".

    I agree that men face some problems that women don't, such as being able to express their emotions openly and work in care industries, but this isn't an article about men.

    I'm sorry to say this so bluntly but you're simply and unequivocally wrong.

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