Female brain drain

Stat of the day: 80% - the percentage of those claiming Jobseekers' Allowance who are women.

by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

Having hit a 17-year high, yesterday's unemployment figures painted a grim picture of what it's like on the jobs market. But what's worrying is that joblessness seems to be hitting women disproportionately: according to figures by the Office for National Statistics, the number of women claiming Jobseekers' Allowance rose  to 531,000 between November and January, while unemployment among women went up to 1.13m between November and January.

It's not just the number of women signing on that's worrying: women are also being affected by the number of badly-paid part-time roles on offer. According to a study by the Joseph Rowntree foundation and Women Like Us, the majority of part-time posts on offer are low-skilled and low-paid: only 3% of part-time jobs advertised had a salary of more than £20,000 - which puts mothers who want to spend time with their kids at a serious disadvantage.

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