Part-Time Work in the Nordic Region III

An introductory study of the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland Islands

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Gender equality in the labour market is a key topic in the Nordic cooperation on gender equality. As a follow up to two earlier reports on part-time work this third report is an introductory study to part-time work and gender in the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland Islands. The aim is to map what is known about part-time work, and where possible, explain working patterns in these areas. The report gives an overview of the labour markets of the three areas and introduces part-time work based on existing data. The report also present findings from an exploratory study with women who work part-time in the Faroe Islands. Erika Anne Hayfield, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Sciences at the University of the Faroe Islands, Rógvi Olavson, MSc Sociology and Lív Patursson, MSc Gender Studies wrote the report on request by NIKK, for the Nordic Council of Ministers.



Part-time work: An exploratory study

So far we have mapped the labour markets of the Faroe Islands, Greenland and the Åland Islands from a gender perspective. We have analysed labour market statistics and discussed structural issues framing labour market opportunities such as parental leave policies and the prevalence of long-distance work in the self-governing areas. This has provided us with an overview of labour market participation and the working patterns of women using quantitative data. Yet, it does not provide us with much knowledge as to why women, especially in the Faroe Islands and the Åland Islands, are much more likely than men to work part-time.


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