When considering unemployment one must study it and those it affects. Unemployment is a human problem and something that needs to be tackled with a great deal of care. With this in mind, the sexes have been compared in more ways than anyone can surely count.
While some may feel this furthers a divide, perhaps we can see with a little digging what this means for the route out of unemployment and if these findings get us any closer to a rough guide on how to do just that.
Looking at figures specifically from the 21st century, unemployment peaked in 2011 in the UK with 8.7% of men finding themselves unemployed. This figure is above the 7.4% of women who are unemployed which comes as something of a shock considering the pretty even split in population between men and women.
Women are often portrayed as disadvantaged by the media and may find themselves being paid less than their male colleagues or even losing out completely in an interview situation. While there is likely to be some truth to these reports it seems that women have more resolve than men when it comes to finding employment.
Despite there being more stay-at-home Mums than there are stay at home Dads, women are still less likely to be unemployed. These trends whilst fluctuating slightly through the first period of the 21st century have still rung true year after year and while unemployment rates are at their lowest since 1974, women are still less likely to be unemployed than men. An interesting find.
Furthermore, there has been a gradual but definite change in the type of employment. 2018 presented record levels of both men and women running their own careers, with 4.7 million people in the UK registered as self-employed.
What else we notice is that whilst men have dominated the bracket of employment, the rise of women seeking to be their own boss has increased a reasonable amount with a 690,000 female increase since the year 2000. Numbers are at the highest point they have ever been and with unemployment rates at a low in the UK, is it perhaps that more people are taking the initiative to make their own money rather than applying for internal roles?
Finding a job often requires one to think creatively and whilst it may be a leap, this positive trend is likely due to the growing number of people who believe that creating a job is better than finding an existing one. Food for thought. If you have Skills To Pay The Bills and would like to market those skills, you can, over on The Job Auction. Alternatively, if you have your own business and would like to market your business, feel free to create a public profile for free on The Job Auction and get your name out there.