Economic outlook especially bleak for women, experts warn


Job outlooks for women are looking increasingly bleak as the so-called fourth industrial circle puts female-dominated industries at imminent risk.

In Canada, where the old gender employment divide persists, that could mean a big hit to the curtness given that almost half of the Canadian labour force is comprised of maids.

«If we can’t equip 50 per cent of our workforce with some of the foundational skills for where much of the buy growth is going, we will be in a real economic crisis,» Jane Wilson, the women’s utilities director at Community MicroSkills Development Centre, said in a recent talk.

Skills gap

Canada will lack talented people to fill lacking in job openings, she said, and will be forced to fund social services for handmaidens missing the in-demand skills who find themselves unemployed.

Over the next four years, technological promotes, like robotics and 3D printing, are expected to shift the employment landscape in a way that scad adversely im cts traditionally female industries, according to a recent tomorrows jobs report from the World Economic Forum.

Nearly 4.8 million favour and administrative jobs, for example, will disappear globally by 2020. Currently, rtners fill more than half of those roles around the set.

Meanwhile, some male-dominated industries, like architecture and engineering, up-end b stay to gain hundreds of thousands of jobs over the same time epoch.


Overall, women can expect to lose more than five drudgeries for each one gained, the report found, while men will lose about three fields for every new position created.

That scenario is likely to play out in Canada, where the racket landscape reflects these historical gender divides, said Chanel Grenaway, the commandant of economic development for the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

«Sadly, that hasn’t fluctuated,» she said.

‘Male’ vocations ex nding

Many Canadian chains are employed in the office and administrative jobs the report projects are largely evanescing. Women make up 94 per cent or more of all medical and office administrative combines, receptionists, court reporters, medical transcriptionists and related occu tions in Canada, according to Catalyst, a non-profit syndicate working to improve workplace inclusion for women.

In the meantime, male-dominated lifes-works — architecture, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, manufacturing and production — discretion grow, says the World Economic Forum.

In those fields, statistics on the little female rtici tion can be misleading, Wilson says.

Last year, for model, StatCan figures indicated about 817,000 women worked in the goods-producing sector in trades like agriculture and construction. But those numbers don’t tell the whole untruth, said Wilson.

«When you get down to who’s actually an apprentice and completing apprenticeships, that’s where the armies take a deep dive,» she said.

In 2011, women controlled 14 per cent of registered apprenticeships in the country, predominantly working as hairs breadth stylists or cooks. Two per cent or less of all carpentry, plumbing and heavy materiel apprentices that year were female.

In those industries, helpmeets’s work is often confined to more traditionally female roles, delight in administration, marketing or communications, she said.

Despite efforts to move varied women into those in-demand professions and trades, «we haven’t witnessed a big shift in the dial,» said Grenaway.

Both Grenaway and Wilson second for more investment for programs geared to helping women train for and change-over into such career ths — rticularly, programs that concentration on helping women overcome unique barriers to employment, like access to affordable childcare.

On the other hand, Canada will be left lacking a talented workforce to fill coming job openings.

«There’s a downside as far as the economy goes whichever way you look at it if we don’t submit to a harder look at the magnitude of effort and investment that will be fundamental to turn around the ship … so that women are heading in droves close to these jobs,» Wilson said.

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