Female Employment Rate Reaches Record High

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There have never been more female employees in the workplace, with the employment rate for women having recently reached a record high. 

The latest Labour Market Overview UK has been released, showing strong statistics when it comes to the country’s jobs sector.

Included in these was the record-breaking employment rate for women, reaching 72 per cent between February and April 2019.

The number of females between 16 and 64 years old has been increasing since 2012, with the Office for National Statistics suggesting this could be due to changes in the State Pension age for women.

While this used to be 60 years old, it has gradually been increasing to 65, depending on date of birth.

Therefore, it is likely more women aged between 60 and 65 have remained in employment rather than choosing to retire, boosting overall female employment figures.

Next year’s statistics could show further growth in the number of female employees in the UK, as the State Pension Age is due to rise to 66 for both men and women by October 2020.

The overall employment rate is also at a high, growing by 0.6 percentage points from the same period last year to 76.1 per cent.

According to the figures, there were 32.75 million people in employment, a rise of 357,000 from a year ago.

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