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According to a new research report published by Randstad Spain, women have done much better in the labour market during the economic crisis than men because the sectors worst hit are fundamentally male dominated.
Most jobs lost in Spain over the last two years were either in or closely linked to the construction industry. At the same time, women who have never worked in their lives before are now suddenly working in areas such as health care, care for the elderly or even simply as cleaning ladies in order to support their families during the crisis.
In the last 12 months 104,100 women have entered the labour market whilst 196,300 men have left the labour market.
The activity rate of women during this period increased to 51.7% whilst the activity rate of men remains at 68.14%.
Even though women in Spain are on average better qualified and educated than men, they still end up with less good jobs than men and almost certainly with less pay.