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October 2017

Women and Men in Ireland 2016

The Central Statistics Office has today (18 October, 2017) published “Women and Men in Ireland 2016” which presents over 70 indicators that identify important gender differences in the activities of men and women and also presents the situation in Ireland in an international context.

  • Irish women are more likely to have a third-level qualification than men.
  • Irish women are more likely to have a third-level qualification than men, with over half (55.1%) of women aged 25-34 having a third-level qualification in 2016 compared to just 42.9% of men in this age group
  • The vast majority (98%) of those who were looking after home/family in 2016 were women although the number of men looking after home/family nearly doubled in the 10 years up to 2016, rising from 4,900 to 9,200
  • Less than a quarter (22.2%) of TDs in Dáil Éireann were women in 2016
  • Four out of every five people committed to prison in 2014 were men
  • Men work longer hours than women in paid employment. In 2016 men worked an average of 39.7 hours a week in paid employment compared to 31.7 hours for women
  • Men have a higher rate of employment. The male employment rate in 2016 was 69.9%, over 10 percentage points higher than the female rate of 59.5%

 Women and Men in Ireland 2016


Date: Wednesday, 18 October 17