A piece in today’s print edition of The Times, not available online, unusually:
Women are being left behind as the economy evolves and the best-paid new jobs go to men, a report suggests.
The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) found almost 400,000 jobs held by women in the public sector, banking and retail had been lost since 2011. [J4MB: Predictably, no mention that male unemployment has long been higher than female unemployment, or that unemployment is a major driver of suicide of men, but not women.] The charity said there was a “double whammy” as women were passed over for good tech jobs [J4MB emphasis] and bore the brunt of austerity in the public sector. [Hmm, possibly because two-thirds of public sector employees are women?]
The RSA’s Field Guide to the Future of Work said that many emerging jobs were well paid but dominated by men. Benedict Dellot, head of the RSA Future Work Centre, said: “Barely one in 20 new coders and programmers are women. We knew that the tech industry was highly gendered but the scale of the problem [J4MB: the non-existent problem] is shocking.”
He recommended “empowering life-long learning” and shifting the burden of tax from workers to business owners who benefit from automation.
A government spokesman said that it was committed to equality, there were more women in work than ever and the gender pay gap was at its lowest.
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