News. Parents Västerbotten is best to share equal to maternity benefit. But still, the figure is far from equal.
Women in Sweden took over last year, on average, 72.6 percent of all days of parental leave and care for sick children, shows TCO’s new Equality Index. Best on sharing the parents in Västerbotten County, where Equality Index is 68.2, which means that women take out 68.2 and men 31.8 per cent of the parental benefit. At the bottom of the table we find the parents in England with an index of 75.
Gender equality is a growth engine.
– I’m not surprised that it looks like this, but it is worrying. Both the individual and society loses that women do not work as much as men. Women’s career opportunities and wages deteriorate significantly. It is not reasonable in a modern country like Sweden, says Eva Nordmark, president of TCO.
Worse lifetime earnings
The unequal use of parental allowance (parental care sick child) has major implications for women’s lifetime earnings and is a loss for the economy. If women’s paid work as much as men, growth could increase by up to 13 percent.
– Gender equality is a growth engine. Sweden’s gross domestic product would increase significantly, by up to 13 percent of men and women wage worked and ran the business to the same extent. It would add 550 billion to investment and reform, says Eva Nordmark.