Employment increases in women with higher education

There are more and more women who have higher education and a job. This is evidenced by the latest report of the human resources company Randstand, which shows how the employment rate of women with higher education in Spain has increased by 7.1 percent between 2010 and 2014, despite the economic crisis that has happened during these years.

The report, prepared with data from the INE for the fourth quarter of the last five years, has been made public on the occasion of the celebration this Sunday, March 8, International Day of Working Women. A whole event to celebrate the achievements made in many areas by women, also in the field of conciliation.

More studies, more opportunities

Just as it has been shown that having higher education is also synonymous with success, this document notes how the upward trend in employment has also been considered in men, which shows the importance of university studies to get a job.

Now, the increase in the rate of employability in women is more pronounced, which is also good news for women: in 2010 the difference between the sexes was 1.6 percent; while in 2013 it stood at 2.6 percent; and in 2014, by 3.3 percent, reaching its highest difference in the five years analyzed.

In this way, the importance of the level of studies is demonstrated, which becomes a meridian variable when looking at the employment data in Spain: in 2014, 47.2 percent of the women with a job had studied a university degree, percentage higher than the previous year (which was 46 percent).

After women with University studies, the report indicates that the next group with more employment is that of women with secondary education and, lastly, those who only have ESO and professional guidance. This means that there are many more women with higher education with employment than those who do not have an academic education, which motivates us to continue forming and, thus, access to better jobs.

In fact, in the analysis of this company it is observed how women without studies or with only primary training have "a minimum presence in the occupation rate". Specifically, of only 1.4 percent of the total employed women.

Employment of women by autonomous communities

The data show that, in the last five years, the employment of women in Spain has increased in 12 of the 17 autonomous communities that make up our country. Those in which the increase has been greater have been Navarre (with 15.7 percent), The Rioja (with 12.4 percent) and Andalusia (with 10.1 percent).

However, this does not make them the places in Spain with the highest female employment rate. On this occasion, the autonomous communities that have more women working are Madrid, (760.000), Catalonia (704,000) and Andalusia (498,000); followed by Valencia (346,000), Euskadi (237,000) and Galicia (213,000). On the other hand, the regions with the fewest workers with university degrees are La Rioja (29,100), Cantabria (51,000) and Extremadura (62,000).

In essence, having higher education seems to facilitate success in the labor market despite the crisis. Good news for women in general and for our daughters who can sometimes be discouraged by a complicated scenario in which many young people are migrating to find work. A breath of fresh air that should continue to improve in the coming months.

Angela R. Bonachera

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