Women may outnumber men in the workforce in four years

Men have been most affected by the recession and women could outnumber them in the workplace in just four years, say researchers at the Policy Exchange think tank.

Men have been most affected by the recession and women could outnumber them in the workplace in just four years, say researchers at the Policy Exchange think tank.
The think tank uses the example of the 1997 film The Full Monty to highlight the issue. Neil O’Brien, director of Policy Exchange, said: “We are having a Full Monty-style recession with women faring much better than men."
“As Britain has lost industrial jobs over the last couple of decades, the number of men in work has collapsed, and the numbers on benefits soared. The current recession is accelerating this trend further."
An analysis by Policy Exchange shows that the number of men of working age with jobs has slumped from 92 per cent in 1971 to 75 per cent today while the number of women has risen from 56 per cent to 69 per cent. However, most earn less than men and are much more likely to work part-time than men.
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