Social Issues

Flexible work arrangements detrimental to women

Posted on: Tue 9 Mar 2021

Flexible work has been on offer to men and women in many companies for decades. However, it is usually women who are in casual or part-time work, often to meet the demands of children, sick parents or partners needing extra care.

Flexible arrangements might support women in maintaining a work-life balance, but these policies are weakening women’s position in the labour market and their lifetime earnings potential, therefore widening gender gaps in pay.

Gender norms are shifting but this is not reflected in the workplace. Therefore, a review of existing policies is an important step to support all employees.

Produced by Kate Johnson

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