Expert calls for greater workplace flexibility for women

17-07-2006

Employers need to offer women more flexible employment in order to ensure that their potential is not wasted, an expert has claimed.

Women's policy officer for the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Rebecca Gill, has spoken about the need for many women to work part time due to commitments as parents and carers.

Speaking on BBC One's Breakfast programme, she referred to a study called Working Below Potential: Women and Part-Time Work which revealed that around 2.8 million women with part time jobs in the UK were working in jobs that were lower paid than their experience or qualifications would suggest.

"The types of jobs that are available part time are low paid and low quality," said Ms Gill.

"So that's when you have women who then need to change jobs, change industries because they need to take on part time work."

While some employers were looking into the issue of flexibility, more needed to be done to make part time work available and to stop women's skills being wasted and damaging the UK economy, she said.

She also explained the problems faced by women returning from having a baby, with a lack of quality and affordable childcare available.

A joint approach needed to be taken by employers, the government and trade unions in order to address the problems facing women in work, Ms Gill concluded.



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