Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Questions (96)

Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

96. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Taoiseach the plans of the CSO to undertake a gendered analysis of full employment to establish the gap between male and female participation in the workforce. [26687/19]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

There is no commonly agreed measure of what constitutes full employment for Ireland.

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is the official source of labour force (ILO) estimates in the State. The CSO publishes data on male and female participation in the workforce as part of the quarterly LFS release. The most recent LFS figures available are for Q1 2019.

The following table below shows the ILO Economic Status and key economic rates for persons aged 15 years and over classified by gender in Q1 2019.

Table 1 Persons aged 15 years and over classified by gender and ILO Economic Status and key economic rates, Q1 2019

Gender

ILO Economic Status

Q1 19

'000

Males

In labour force

1,303.5

of which: In employment

1,237.5

Unemployed

65.9

Not in labour force

610.0

Total males

1,913.5

Employment rate %

74.3

Unemployment rate %

5.1

Participation rate %

68.1

Females

In labour force

1,112.8

of which: In employment

1,064.4

Unemployed

48.4

Not in labour force

870.2

Total females

1,983.0

Employment rate %

64.3

Unemployment rate %

4.4

Participation rate %

56.1

All persons

In labour force

2,416.3

of which: In employment

2,301.9

Unemployed

114.4

Not in labour force

1,480.2

Total persons

3,896.5

Employment rate %

69.3

Unemployment rate %

4.8

Participation rate %

62.0

Source: Labour Force Survey (LFS), Central Statistics Office, Ireland

Data may be subject to future revision.

Data may be subject to sampling or other survey errors, which are greater in respect of smaller values or estimates of change.

Reference period: Q1=Jan-March.

The employment rate is the number of persons aged 15-64 in employment expressed as a percentage of the total population aged 15-64 years.

The unemployment rate is the number of persons unemployed expressed as a percentage of the total labour force aged 15-74 years.

The participation rate is the number of persons in the labour force expressed as a percentage of the total population aged 15 years and over.