The UK has moved up a “women in work” league table after the economic recovery helped cut female unemployment, but it still lags well behind Nordic countries when it comes to overall empowerment of women in the workplace.
The UK is at its highest position since 2000 on the Women in Work Index from consultants PwC. It ranks 14th out of 27 developed economies, up four places on a year ago.
The authors have put the progress down to the UK’s strengthening economic recovery, which has driven improvements in female labour force participation – both in absolute terms and relative to men – and a reduction in female unemployment.
On female participation, the UK is in the top 10 performing countries. But its performance is negatively impacted by the low proportion of women in full-time employment, where the UK is in 25th place out of the 27 countries, which are all members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).