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Spain – Female workforce participation falls by a tenth in five years

04 March 2014

The global financial crisis has resulted in the loss of 902,800 jobs held by women, whole participation in the labour market declined by -10.6% between 2008 and 2013, according to a study released by global recruitment giant Adecco.

The study, released in honour of International Women’s Day on 8 March, revealed that 7.6 million women were employed in Spain last year, a fall of -2.7% compared with last year.

Seven out of 10 Spanish women in employment are aged 35 or over. A third (31.2%) are aged between 35 and 44, while one in four are aged between 25 and 34. Older women had greater success in the job market between 2008 and 2013, with women aged 55 and older increasing their employment share by +24.5%, compared with a fall of -77% in female employment between the ages of 16 and 19.

Nearly a third (30%) of female workers in Spain in 2013 were employed in the service industry, followed by technology, science, and academic jobs (21%), and so-called elementary occupations (18%); such as cleaners, labourers, security workers. The lowest rate of female employment last year was in the military (0.1%), followed by manufacturing and construction jobs (1.8%). 

To read the full report, please click here. (Spanish only)

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