28 Oct 2014

Job equality 80 years away - report

8:57 pm on 28 October 2014

Worldwide gender equality in the workplace will not be reached for another 80 years, A new report suggests.

While women are rapidly closing the gender gap with men in areas such as health and education, inequality at work is not expected to be erased until 2095, according to a report published by the World Economic Forum, AAP reports.

The organisation said the worldwide gender gap in the workplace had only narrowly closed in the past nine years, from 56 percent in 2006 to 60 percent this year.

The five Nordic countries, led by Iceland, remain the most gender-equal.

They are joined by Nicaragua, Rwanda, Ireland, the Philippines and Belgium in the top 10, while Yemen remained at the bottom for the ninth year in a row.

New Zealand is ranked 13th out of 142 countries, down from seventh last year.