Male full-time employment strengthens

by 17 May 2010

Male full-time employment has recovered from a dip during the global financial crisis to regain prominence over all female jobs, both full-time and part-time.

According to analysis by The Australian, male full-time employment counts for 63 per cent of all jobs created in the past six months.

Fuelled partly by the mining boom, the increase restores the slight male advantage that had been lost during the global financial crisis.

The analysis said that on present trends, male and female full-time jobs will have recovered all the losses of the GFC by mid-year.

The Australian said it is unusual for male full-time employment to lead the jobs recovery, and that experience shows that part-time work picks up first, followed by full-time female employment. Its findings suggest the mining and housing booms have skewed the recovery towards the blue-collar workers who were victims of past crashes.

The GFC hit male full-time jobs hardest, with 160,000 positions shed between August 2008 and July last year. But 110,000 of those jobs were effectively saved by employers putting staff on part time.

Women fared marginally better, losing 80,000 full-time positions over the worst of the GFC. But these cuts were outweighed by 90,000 part-time jobs created over the same period.

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