March 24, 2017

Equal gender opportunities in the job market says ILO, One third of women want to have a paid job and stay at home

Women have the same opportunities as men to find a good job, according to half the respondents of a survey published this month by the International Labour Organization (ILO). Around half –46 percent of female and 49 percent of male – believe that men and women with comparable qualifications enjoyed the same work opportunities. Around 34 percent of females and 33 percent of males said that women suffered worse opportunities, and 16 percent of both genders said that women have better opportunities than men.

One third of women prefer to have a paid job, another third said that they prefer to stay home (only a fourth of the men want them to), while the remaining third wanted both.

Around 85 percent of those surveyed are not against the idea of women having a paid job outside their homes “if they desired.” The gender breakdown of people agreeing with this statement is 93 percent of women and 78 percent of men.

‘Towards a better future for women and work: Voices of women and men’, published this month by ILO, was conducted in 2016 by Gallup who conducted a 1,000 face-to-face poll with adults.