Gender, skills and precarious work in the EU

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Dear RDC PArtners,

You might have noticed that we recently released our research note on Gender, skills and precarious work in the EU. It explores the potential for upscaling skills among women and men in the EU labour market, with a focus on people with low qualifications in precarious employment.

Key findings:

  • There are 64 million women and men with low levels of education in Member States. They are more often unemployed or completely out of the labour market, compared to people with middle and high levels of education.
  • Women with low qualifications find it especially hard to access jobs with decent pay. Only 42 % of low qualified women are employed and almost half of these work in a precarious job.
  • Over 6 million women and 2 million men without upper secondary education across the EU have never been employed.
  • 14 % of women and 5 % of men with low qualifications have been out of the labour market for 10 years or more.
  • Almost half of women with low qualifications (45%) work in a precarious job compared to just over a quarter of men with the same level of education (26%).

The research note was prepared at the request of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU (2017). The findings have informed Council Conclusions on enhancing the skills of women and men in the EU labour market.

EIGE is presenting the report today in Malta at a press briefing with local media and afterwards to journalists from almost 20 different EU Member States. 

Read the full report

We hope that you and your library users will find the report useful,