Pandemic frees up more women to participate in workforce

Countries with higher levels of female empowerment tend to be more productive

Over the two years that span the pandemic (2020 and 2021), full-time female employment has increased by 7 per cent.

Over the two years that span the pandemic (2020 and 2021), full-time female employment has increased by 7 per cent.

One of the more unexpected trends to emerge in the pandemic has been the increased incidence of female employment and female participation in the Irish labour force.

For decades, we’ve lagged other countries on these metrics. However, the pandemic and the recourse to remote working has changed the dynamic. In its latest quarterly bulletin, the Central Bank noted female participation in the Irish labour force had increased by three and a half percentage points since the start of the pandemic to stand at a record 59.8 per cent.

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