Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (22)

Robert Troy

Question:

22. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Taoiseach the gender employment gap based on latest data at hand. [31109/19]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is a household survey which provides quarterly statistics on employment and unemployment and is the official source of labour market estimates in the State.

The gender employment gap, as published by Eurostat at European level from the LFS, is classified as the difference between the employment rate of women aged 20–64 years and the employment rate of men aged 20–64 years. The most recent figures available from the LFS are for the first quarter (Q1) of 2019.

In Q1 2019 the gender employment gap for Ireland stood at 11.6 percentage points; i.e. the employment rate of women aged 20–64 years (69.4%) was 11.6 percentage points lower than that of men aged 20–64 years (81.0%).