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Labor Market in Iceland Gender-Divided

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Labor Market in Iceland Gender-Divided

In Reykjavík. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

More than 42 percent of women on the labor market in Iceland are employed by companies or institutions in two sectors: education and healthcare or social services. Most men, or 15.2 percent, hold production-related jobs.

In 2014, 21.3 percent of all working women held jobs in the education sector. The ratio of women working in education is 76.8 percent, while 23.2 percent of workers in the education sector are men, mbl.is reports.

Meanwhile, 20.9 percent of women on the labor market were working in healthcare or social services in 2014. The ratio of female employees in the sector is 81.8 percent, while male employees only make up 18.2 percent. In production, the ratio of male workers is 68.8 percent and the ratio of female workers 31.2 percent.

According to Statistics Iceland, there are 177,700 people on the Icelandic labor market, of whom 52.2 percent are men and 47.8 percent are women.

The largest sectors in terms of number of employees are wholesale and retail (13.6 percent), education (13.3 percent), healthcare and social services (12.2 percent), production (11.5 percent), hotels and catering (6.8 percent), specialists, science and technology (6.5 percent), construction (6.1 percent) and transport and storage (6.1 percent).

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