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Fawcett Society claims economic recovery is shutting women out

Aug 18
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Women are not benefiting as much as men from the economic recovery, new figures from The Fawcett Society have suggested.

According to its report  The changing labour market 2: women, low pay and gender equality in the emerging recovery, female under-employment has nearly doubled to 789,000 since the beginning of the crisis in 2008, while a further 371,000 women have moved into self-employment.

The organization said this is contributing to the widening inequality gap between women and men, with the gender pay gap having increased for the first time in five years to 19.1 per cent in 2013.

More than a third of women who responded to the research said they consider themselves over-qualified for the job they are doing, while one in five of those being paid less than below £7.44 per hour are educated to degree level.

"This is not only bad for individual women, it's hugely damaging to the economy at large with talent simply going to waste," said Fawcett Society deputy chief executive Dr Eva Neitzert. "As our research shows, low-paid women are being firmly shut out of the recovery."

She called on the government to increase the availability of quality, part-time and flexible jobs and for all roles in the public sector to be advertised on a flexible basis as routine so that women with families are able to further their careers while not missing out on a life at home.

The report is likely to be disappointing for many after recent research from Strategy&'s (formerly Booz & Company) suggested that the number of women in chief executive officer roles is set to increase substantially over the next 25 years.

Yet this study also noted that it is harder for women to be appointed to high level positions from within a company compared to current male employees, so perhaps the inequality and loss of female talent hinted at in the Fawcett Society figures is something that needs to be addressed before the predictions can come to fruition.

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