Thursday, February 17, 2005

Lack of Workplace Flexibility Leaves Women Paying the Part-Time Penalty

Of the UK’s 7.4 million part-time workers, more than three quarters are women who are sacrificing their future career to either care for children or older dependant relatives.

Part-time workers get lower hourly pay, receive less training and therefore see their future career prospects and income eroded. As a result, female workers are significantly disadvantaged in the workplace.

This female “skills drain” is affecting UK productivity and has consequently led to the Equal Opportunities Commission calling for a fundamental shift towards flexible working practices.
Should flexible working become accepted practice across the economy women will be able to vary the time, place or organisation of work, enabling them to work the same hours as men and finally address the current workplace inequality which exists.