Female employees in the Cayman Islands are still earning considerably less than their male counterparts, according to a recently completed jobs survey by the government’s Economics and Statistics Office.
The review also showed that non-Caymanian workers tended to be in abundance at the lower end of the pay scale, while Caymanian workers occupied most of the jobs in the middle-class and upper-class pay ranges.
The labour survey data was based on a questionnaire answered last fall by slightly fewer than 1,500 residents in the Cayman Islands.
According to the Economics and Statistics Office data, the two lowest-earning pay brackets between $1 and $1,599 per month were overwhelmingly held by women – 7,481 jobs for females and 4,389 males worked at that pay rate.
At every other pay scale, $1,600 per month and above, men held more jobs than women. Particularly in the highest-measured earning bracket of $7,200 per month or more, males made up 68 per cent of the individuals who held those jobs, while women made up 32 per cent.
The other pay scales, between $1,600 per month and $7,199 were more even, but men still outnumbered women in those jobs by a count of 11,347 men to 9,462 women; roughly 55 per cent male workers to 45 per cent female workers.
Comparing Caymanian workers to non-Caymanian workers, non-Caymanians outnumbered Caymanians by a ratio of almost two-to-one at the lower end of the pay scale. According to labour force survey estimates, non-Caymanians earning between $1 and $2,399 per month numbered 11,967 while Caymanians earning at that rate numbered 6,144.
In mid-scale of the pay ranges, between $2,400 and $7,199 per month, Caymanians numbered 8,285 while non-Caymanians earning in that range numbered 6,282.
The highest rate of $7,200 or more per month, according to the statistics office, had 1,309 Caymanians working in it compared to 988 non-Caymanians.
Unemployment among workers between the ages of 15 and 24 remained stubbornly high, according to statistics office data for 2012.
However, some data released by the labour survey also indicated that younger people who were employed had found jobs in some higher-paying fields and weren’t just working in lower end service jobs.
According to the survey, unemployment for workers between the ages of 15 and 24 was 21.2 per cent – more than triple the unemployment rate for the entire country, which stood at 6.2 per cent at the time of the labour force report.
“The majority of the unemployed had high school or lower level of education [67 per cent],” the Economics and Statistics Office found.
Based on labour office guidelines, a person is deemed unemployed if they are of working age, are without a job and consider themselves to be currently available for work.
In reviewing jobs going most often to younger workers [under 30], the most popular occupations were still in restaurants and food services activities. However, the labour survey found that 27.3 per cent of the workers employed in the professional, scientific and technical activities in Cayman were 29 or younger.
Also, 26 per cent of those working in financial or insurance-related activities were under age 30, according to the survey.