Women were more than twice as successful as men in the Irish labour market over the past year, accounting for almost 70% of the growth in employment.

According to the latest Quarterly National Household Survey from the CSO, there was a total of 66,800 new jobs created in the 12 months to last November.

However, more than half of these new jobs were part time, and 60% of them result from a surge in self-employment.

The number of men with employee positions fell by almost 10,000.