The Gender Gap Index rating for the United Kingdom tracked over the past 5 years shows that the overall rating for the UK has seen a fall from 9th in 2006 to18th in 2012. This comes despite progress on women on boards as other employment measures have seen a move backwards. Employers need to continue to make progress on women's employment and progression to keep up with our global competitors.
The index is a way of recording and tracking gender inequalities and focuses on the following three main concepts across health, education, political and economic criteria using
- Measuring vs. levels
- Outcomes vs. means
- Gender equality vs. women’s empowerment
- In addition the index reports on four subdivisions:
- Economic participation and opportunity,
- Educational attainment
- Health and survival
- Political empowerment.