Study By UCC & NUIG researchers
A new study has found Irish women experienced a 'she-cession' since the pandemic was declared.
Research by Cork University Business School & NUI Galway, revealed women in 2020 were 1.7 times more likely to be searching for work, compared to men.
The researchers studied data between 2002 & 2020, taking a look at the labour market in general.
Results revealed women, on average, are more likely to be looking for work than men, but this was exacerbated during the pandemic.
In 2012 & 2018 employment levels grew steadily, but from 2018 onwards, female employment began to reduce.
Dr. Maeve O'Sullivan, lecturer in management at Cork University Business School at UCC, & co-author of the report, noted during the pandemic women represented approximately 70% of essential workers.
She added young women & migrants are primarily employed in the low-pay sectors.
Additionally she noted women give about 90% of unpaid elder care, and 70-80% of unpaid work in the home, is given by women
Dr. O'Sullivan joined Clem Ryan on today's edition of 'Kildare Today':