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Women's participation in workforce increasing - Report

The latest Everjobs career report reveals that the younger generation of women in Sri Lanka's workforce are increasingly pursuing job roles that in previous generations were dominated by men.

According to the report, more female applicants actively seek out job roles in the IT, telecommunication, finance, energy, utilities and healthcare industries.

According to statistics of the Department of Census and Statistics, the estimated economically active population of Sri Lanka was about 8.9 million in the first quarter 2015, of which 63.3 percent were men and 36.7 percent women.

Within the economically inactive population, which also comprises everyone involved in household duties, the disequilibrium is even starker with 25.9 percent being men and 74.1 percent women.

Women's labour force participation rates around the world, shows that there is a large reservoir of untapped female manpower that could be used to develop the country, while empowering women and benefitting society.

The report assembled by monitoring the traffic on over the past five months suggests that women's participation in the workforce in Sri Lanka is rapidly increasing, especially in traditionally male-dominated industries.

"As the fastest growing job portal in Sri Lanka, we provide strong data-based insights on the changes and developments in Sri Lanka's labour market.

I am quite optimistic that the data from the latest career report suggests that soon we might see policy level changes to increase female applicants' access to demanding job roles and women-friendly businesses," said Managing Director, Everjobs Sri Lanka, Sascha Woelk.

"It would also help substantially, if the major stakeholders involved in the recruitment process, such as employers, recruitment agencies, and government were to jointly identify strategic priorities for further women's labour market integration," he said.

"Yet, at the frontline, it will always be employers, who need to make a deliberate effort to give women a fair chance to have the career that they aspire to. Looking at how closely gender parity is tied to GDP growth around the world, this effort will surely be of great value to Sri Lanka," he added.

Everjobs is a job portal operating in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Cambodia, Cameroon, Senegal, Ivory Coast and Uganda. Launched in March 2015, Everjobs aims to become the leading job portal in fast-growing economies, finding the right match between employers and candidates. The company is backed by the Asia Pacific Internet Group (APACIG).



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