Women and Employment

The French Economic and Social Council (CES) has published a study on "Les Femmes face au Travail à Temps Partiel." According to the survey results part-time work has risen overall in Europe; this represents 18% of jobs, and particularly involves women. In France one woman in three works part-time; this form of employment has grown constantly since the start of the 1990's. For one of third of women involved part-time work is something they are forced to do and hours are irregular. The report highlights that this form of employment comprises an impediment to equal opportunities and leads to unstable situations for women, a problem for which the "Nordic Models" should serve as an example in many ways. To fight against the disadvantages of part time work the CES advises women to take on several activities in order to foster full time work as well as a greater use of professional training.