Women will be more negatively affected by this year’s public sector budget cuts than men, according to a report by Edinburgh Napier University.

The research findings show that while both sexes will be affected, women are likely to be disproportionately impacted as they are currently so well represented in the public sector. Women make up significantly more of the UK public sector workforce than men, around 65 per cent. The report found that the north east of England and Scotland have the highest proportion of women working in the public sector.

The findings also suggest that getting back into work after redundancy may be tougher for women. Child care responsibilities, finding time to search for jobs alongside caring for a family as well as being less inclined to travel long distances away from family could create potential barriers to re-entering the workplace.

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