Women’s participation in manufacturing is 23% but they earn more than men

The participation of women in the labor market of the manufacturing industry it’s only 23% versus 77% of male labor, however, the average salary of women is RD$5,124 higher than that earned by men.

The data is offered by a study published yesterday by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Mipymes (MICM) which reflects that the manufacturing sector employs more than 32,000 women, which represents an increase of 12% compared to 2015.

He average salary for womenaccording to the study, is RD$38,288while for the men of RD$33,164jobs that are found 70% concentrated in large industries, 19% in small and 7% in micro.

Of the employment generated by the industrial sector (382,041 workers), manufacturing reaches 37.18% with a total of 142,078 formal jobs.

The female labor focuses on the sectors of plastic manufacturing (52%), manufacturing of pharmaceutical products (47%), as well as soaps and detergents (35%).

The study, which was presented at a ceremony in the National Palace chaired by the Vice President of the Republic, Raquel Peña, the Minister of Industry, Víctor -Ito- Bisonó, the Vice Minister of Industrial Development of the MICM, Fantino Polanco and representatives of the unions business, points out that sales of local industries led by women amounted to RD$24,165 million in 2022, 11% more than in 2015.

As an example of the progress achieved in the empowerment of women in the manufacturing sector, it is worth noting that exports these companies led by women registered a growth of 240% compared to 2015., with the main rubles being plastic products, furniture and others.

The director of Industrial Economics of the Vice Ministry of Industrial Development of the MICM, Natalie Souffront, presented the statistical data and specified that local women-led manufacturing industries employ more than 8,300 men and women. 

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Offering a few words at the presentation of the study “Participation and contributions of women in the local manufacturing industry”, the Vice President of the Republic, Raquel Peña, He stated that in the manufacturing industry women represent an important part of the labor force and their situation has improved in recent years.

He stressed that Despite the advances, there are still important challenges, and that policies and programs that promote gender equality must continue to be implemented.which include mentoring and career development initiatives for women, work-life balance policies, and leadership and management training programs for women in the industry.

He stated that statistics show that the number of women occupying positions of power and decision-making is growing, but that one must also be aware that by working together, men and women, it will be possible to create a society in which people are valued for their ability, talent and worth.

“That is why I guarantee to all of you that this Government will continue working every day and in every corner of our country to transform the living conditions of Dominican women; and thus improve their future and that of their families”, pointed out the official.

He MICM minister, Víctor -Ito- Bisonó, indicated that the study findings show the achievements of Dominican women in that line of the economy and assured that every day “they gain more space and prominence in the industries.”

“By carrying out this research, we reaffirm our commitment to promoting industrial policies with a gender perspective based on data, as well as promoting their economic empowerment in all spheres of local manufacturing activity,” Bisonó stressed.

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