Addressing gender discrimination in the labour market has been a priority of European employment policy since the foundation of the European Economic Community. A recently published report of the PES Network explores the current position in regard to gender equality as a field of intervention in European Public Employment Services (PES). The report is based on information from individual PES through their completion of a survey questionnaire distributed through the EU PES Network.
The PES confirmed that women face multiple challenges from labour market segregation hindering their successful labour market participation and leading to a greater propensity to be employed in precarious, part-time, and low paid work. Inadequate support for caring responsibilities disproportionately falling to women, limited access to skills development opportunities, and disincentives from the design of tax policies all contribute to reenforcing gender discrimination.
Download the full report here and explore how PES promote gender mainstreaming through policies to support women’s employability, including in non-traditional sectors, fostering work life balance, and supporting women in vulnerable situations.