More women bring home bacon: Study

More women bring home bacon: Study

MANILA, Philippines – More women are moving out of the home and into wage employment in the nonagricultural sector, according to the Department of Labor and Employment.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the trend showed women participation in wage employment had been slightly increasing, indicating that the traditional role of women as homemakers and child rearers was changing.

Citing a study by the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES), Baldoz said the percentage of women in the total number of wage and salary workers in the nonagricultural sector rose from 39.1 percent in 1997 to 42.0 percent in 2006 and 41.8 percent in 2011.

The share of women in wage employment in the nonagricultural sector is a Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Employment Indicator, according to Baldoz.

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She explained that as an employment indicator, it measures the degree to which women have equal access to paid employment and, thus, their contribution to the monetary economy. It also indicates the provision of regular monetary income for women.

A high share of wage and salary employment may also indicate that they have greater independence in decision-making in their household and personal development, she added.

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