Fianna Fáil Jobs Spokesperson Dara Calleary says more needs to be done to ensure that women are given the same opportunities as men to secure employment. His comments come following the publication of the latest unemployment statistics, which reveal a stagnation in female unemployment levels.
Deputy Calleary explained, “The fact that there has been no decrease in female unemployment over the past seven months is a real cause for concern. During the same time we have seen a reduction in the number of men out of work, but unfortunately it appears as if women are being left behind and efforts must be made to address this.
“The headline statistics released today are welcome, but we have a long way to go before we return to the pre-crisis levels, when the female unemployment rate was 4%. However, this will not happen any time soon if the current stagnation continues.
“It is essential that women are given the same opportunities to upskill to allow them to break into growing job sectors where they are currently under-represented, like in areas such as IT. Supports to encourage women, who may have taken time out of the workforce to have children, back into the workforce should also be examined. The high cost of childcare is most definitely a factor for women wishing to return to work and measures must be adopted to ensure that women who want to work outside the home are given the opportunity to do that”.