Eurostat Release: 8 March 2014
Who are more likely to leave school early-women or men? What proportion of young women have a degree? Which fields of tertiary education are the most popular among women and which are the least?
Are a higher or a lower proportion of women than men in employment? Do women or men more often work part time? What is the difference in earnings between women and men? How have fertility rates changed over the last decade?
Answers to these questions can be found in a new release, published today by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union on the occasion of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2014.
Main findings are the following:
– In 2012, 40% of young women had completed tertiary education compared with 32% of men;
– Almost 80% of graduates in education in the EU28 are women, compared with 27% for engineering;
– Across the EU, fewer women aged 15 to 64 than men were in employment. The employment rate for women in the EU28 in 2012 was 58.5%, compared with 69.6% for men.
– Part-time work: 32% of women and 8% of men in employment in the EU28;
– The gender pay gap, meaning the difference between the average earnings of male and female employees as a share of male earnings, was 16.4% in the EU28 in 2012.