Straight after the 2008 crash, more men than women lost their jobs, with male unemployment peaking in 2009. Male unemployment has since dropped by 6%. But the number of unemployed women has risen by 13%.
Women are suffering from the cuts in public sector jobs (400,000 jobs due to go in the next five years) and in retail.
Women workers are also having their hours cut. At the last count 12.2% of women working part-time would like to work full-time.