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1. Briefly, explain how Ireland's employment profile for women compares with that of EU countries generally, in respect to:
2. How has unemployment impacted differently on men and women in Ireland, in recent years?
3. What is problematic about measuring participation in paid work with regard to foreign born or ethnic minority workers in Europe?
Gender, Equality, And Diversity; Ireland Vs Eu
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Gender, Equality, and Diversity
Briefly, explain how Ireland's employment profile for women compares with that of EU countries generally?
The participation of Irish women in the workforce from 1971 to 1996 increased gradually from 28% to 39% (O’Connor, 1998). It represented an increase of the women in the workforce from 290,000 to 540,000 in a period of 25 years. The trend was similar in the European Union countries between the years 1983 and 1989 whereby women occupied two-thirds of the jobs created (O’Connor, 1998). The European Union countries recorded an average women employment increase of 1.8%. In the specific countries, the increase in women employment ranged from 5.3% to 8%. However, the European Union average of women participating in the labour force was higher than the proportion of Irish women in the labour workforce. The European Union average of women working in the labour force aged 15 years and above was 45.3% as compared to Ireland’s 41.1% of the same target group (O’Connor, 1998). The demand for labour by the European countries including Ireland where women concentration was high precipitated the increase in the workforce. Women participated mostly in the service sector where over 75% of women were employed across all European nations (O’Connor, 1998).