An increase in the gap between women’s and men’s qualifications will see women take two-thirds of high-skilled jobs across the next six years, according to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES).
The report, UK Skills and International Competitiveness, predicts that by 2020 49% of women will have degree-level qualifications, up from 38% today.
For men the proportion with this level of qualifications is also predicted to increase, but at a slower rate. It currently stands at 36% and UKCES claims it will reach 44% in the next six years.
The prediction of women who are not educated to GCCE level will fall across the same period, from 24% to 15%. For men the drop will only be three percentage points, from 23% to 20%.