Faroese Women Have the Highest Rates of Part-Time Work in the Nordic Region

Almost half of all women in the Faroe Islands aged 20-64 work part time. This and more is revealed in a new report titled Part-Time Work in the Nordic Region –An Introductory Study of the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland Islands.

The research report maps the connections between part-time work and gender in the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland. It also gives an overview of the labour markets, educational status and demography in the three areas in a part-time work perspective. The report is produced by Nordic Information on Gender, NIKK, at the request of the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Deltid_symbol III_280x421The report shows that Faroese and Ålandic women have the highest rates of part-time employment in in the Nordic region. Forty-nine per cent of the Faroese women work part time and in Åland the share is 45.9 per cent. These figures are high in a European perspective. Only Switzerland and the Netherlands have higher figures. In Greenland, there is no significant difference in part-time work rates between women and men. Instead, there is a clear difference between rural and urban areas, with people living in rural areas being more likely to work part time.

‘The unique labour market conditions in the Faroe Islands, Åland and Greenland affect women and men differently as well as who the part-time workers tend to be,’ says Elin Engström, head of operation at NIKK.

‘The research report gives the reader a whole slew of recent data on part-time work and gender, which makes it completely unique,’ she continues.

NIKK has previously published two reports on part-time work and gender in the Nordic countries. The new report provides additional information with a focus on the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland.

Click here to read the report Part-Time Work in the Nordic Region–An Introductory Study of the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland Islands.

For more information, please contact Elin Engström, head of operations at NIKK, +46(0)766-22 92 39, elin.engstrom@genus.gu.se.


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