2005-01-19

Stats: City Now Dominated by Females

Its masculine image was forged in its shipyards and factories for generations, but Glasgow today is a woman's city, with female workers now outnumbering men, according to a new report. The survey, compiled by 'Glasgow City', has revealed that women make up 53 per cent of the city's population. They also make up 52 per cent of the workforce, a figure which is rising at a faster rate than any time in Glasgow's history. 'Glasgow City' said the city's feminisation can be attributed to a softening of its image, which is now more often associated with shopping and nightlife than heavy industry. The change has drawn women in their droves to live and work within the city boundaries. According to the 'Glasgow City' survey, women hold 66 per cent of all jobs in public administration, education and health, 56 per cent in retail, hotels and restaurants and just over half in banking, insurance and finance. The biggest changes have been in the 30 to 44 age range, most associated with professional, upwardly mobile women, where the female population rose by almost a third. Ms.Julie Hall, the President of 'Scottish Women in Business', a networking organisation, said that Glasgow held definite attractions for women looking for a place to work.
'There are a lot more women working within corporations nowadays, and this reflects the fact that Glasgow is very popular among big businesses', she said. 'For women setting up their own business, Glasgow has particular attractions. There is an excellent support network here'.
A spokesman for 'Glasgow City' said that the results showed that the city had been transformed.
'Over the past 20 years, Glasgow has seen its biggest transformation since the Industrial Revolution', he said. 'The balance of the city's population has shifted and we have to address that. An increasing percentage of professional women are choosing to work and live in the city. 'This is a reflection of the opportunities for women who are better educated than men'. He added: 'Also, there has been a greater emphasis on safety, with the introduction of public safety units and city centre wardens'.
Ms.Jane Meneely, 35, who has worked in the city as an architect for almost two decades (sic), said she had seen a definite increase in what Glasgow has to offer women.
'For working in the Glasgow building trade, it's certainly become easier in terms of commanding respect. 'There are a lot more architects in Glasgow who are employing women, and there are a lot at an age where they are beginning to get to the top of the tree in their career'.
Outside her work with 'Hypostyle Architects', where she is an associate director, Ms.Meneely says the city is also much more 'woman-friendly'.
'It feels a lot safer, and in terms of socialising, there are a lot more clubs and restaurants. 'Shopping also is a big thing; there are now a lot of places in the city that five or six years ago you would have had to have gone to London to find. 'Generally, the place is more open to women in a social context; there are more opportunities to enjoy ourselves on our own.
'I have gone out for meals on my own -- lunch or breakfast -- and I've not felt that it was strange or felt out of place'.
Edinburgh's population shows a closer proportion of women to men, 52 per cent to 48 per cent, but the balance of workforce is reversed, with men representing 52 per cent and women 48 per cent. These figures have remained relatively static over the past decade.
Despite Glasgow's increasingly feminised working population, equality of pay remains a stumbling point. In 2002, women in full-time employment earned a third less than men, though this represented a 3 per cent rise from 1999 figures. Councillor Ms.Irene Graham, the equalities spokesman for 'Glasgow City', noted this. She said:
Councillor Irene Graham 'The report shows clearly that there are still barriers to employment for many women.
'Female earnings are still lower in comparison with men, despite evidence of higher educational attainment among women'.
'Glasgow's women overtake men', Craig Brown, The Scotsman, 2005-01-19 Links: Office & workplace, The Scotsman Scotland's economy, The Scotsman

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glasgow can still be pretty scary when all these women have a night out on the town.

1/20/2005 10:53:00 am  

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