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Women make up half of UK workforce

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Summary of story from Press Association, 9.2.11.

Women now make up half of the total number of people employed in the UK, although they outnumber men in a growing number of regions, according to a new study.

Research for the GMB union found there were almost 12 million women in public and private sector jobs, 49.4% of the 24.2 million of all employees in Britain.

GMB official Kamaljeet Jandu said: “An increasing number of women are playing a vital role in the economy and in the workplace while balancing the needs of their families.”

“There are 85 areas in the UK where women in employment outnumber men. So what happens to women in the workplace is no longer a minority issue.”

“The Government should put in place legislation and policies which support women at work.”

“Barriers to women’s recruitment and promotion should be removed. At work women should receive equal pay and have access to family friendly flexible working arrangements.”

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