The Government's job-creation measures are sexist and discriminate against older women, an employment group said yesterday. Chan Po-ying, spokeswoman for the Coalition on Women's Employment Rights, blamed the plight of the female workforce on the administration's job-creation policy. 'The Government has put forward lots of employment proposals, but none benefits women directly. Most vacancies are tailored for men working in infrastructure,' Ms Chan said. An estimated 76,000 men and 4,000 women were employed in the construction industry, the Census and Statistics Department said. Since May, the Government has supported the launch of 177 public works programmes worth $10 billion, with about 13,100 jobs created, on top of other maintenance projects. Jobs such as domestic helpers, recommended to women by the Government with training offered by the Employment Retraining Board, were temporary in nature, Ms Chan said. The group, which surveyed 460 women in October, urged the administration to legislate against age discrimination, saying 71 per cent of respondents thought this the most effective way to guard their interests. It also found 23.2 per cent of women were earning $4,999 or less a month. After a meeting with Deputy Secretary for Education and Manpower Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, Ms Chan said he ruled out any possibility of legislative action against age discrimination. 'He emphasised freedom of the market, but discrimination is hindering women's employment,' Ms Chan said.