Occupations and industries

There are significant gender gaps in certain occupations and industries in the Cayman Islands. The 2010 Census of Population and Housing showed many careers and jobs in which males or females were more likely to be employed.

For example, the vast majority of workers employed by private households were female and they also dominated in the education, human health and social work industries. Female workers were also in the majority for clerical and elementary occupations.

Construction workers, skilled and unskilled agriculture workers and craft and trade workers were almost exclusively male and they also dominated in the manufacturing, mining and quarrying industry and in the supply of utilities.

There were also more female professionals than male professionals but fewer female managers than male managers.

Gender gaps in occupations

Gender gaps in industries

Females are seen as having primary responsibility for unpaid work in the home and caregiving and these stereotypes channel females into similar occupations and industries, such as domestic work, education and human services. These roles require certain skills like caring and nurturing that are considered “feminine talents” and are not rewarded or well-paid. The gender segregation of labour is a major contributing factor to the gender income gap.

Once the gender division of labour is established it encourages males and females to choose certain occupations. Employers often further reinforce the division by not adapting work environments to suit men and women or by favouring one sex over the other.


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