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Women have been struggling since recession, says PwC report

The Women in Work Index compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has revealed that women in the UK have been finding things increasingly difficult since the recession crippled the economy.

Having ordered 27 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, the UK finished in 18th position, after being been ranked according to five key indicators - namely the salary differences between men and women, female workforce participation rates - also compared with those for men - and the unemployment rate for women, as well as the proportion of females in full-time employment.

Ultimately, women in the UK are more likely to feel insecure about their job than men, are less likely to be in work and are furthermore still experiencing pay imbalance - far more so than in some other developed countries such as Norway, which came out on top, followed by Sweden and Denmark.

As Yong Jing Teow, author of the report and economist at PwC, said: "While most other OECD countries have continued to move ahead, our progress appears to have stalled." It is therefore up to those in recruiting positions to do more to address this imbalance and for boardrooms to stamp out gender inequality once and for all.

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13/03/2013