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  • Why are top positions in organisations occupied mainly by men?

    Why are there so few women in the Cabinet?

    Why are the majority of newsreaders/presenters/guests, older men, when they do not meet the standards of ‘attractiveness’ that are applied to women – of being young, thin, blonde and attractive? The abusive comments made about the wonderful and witty Mary Beard including being ‘too ugly for TV’ were truly shocking. Has any man been called ugly or vilified for being too clever and remaining grey?

    Discrimination still starts early and ages well. It affects all women, at all ages and at all levels in organisations, but is more obvious at the top.

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    Posted on March 20th, 2013 by Camilla Palmer filed under: Work

  • You’ve probably heard of the UK’s under-employment crisis, where three million people in Britain today are stuck in part-time jobs despite wanting full-time work, or want more hours in their current job.

    But while three million people want more work, and a further 2.5 million have no work at all, there are also millions of people who actually want less hours in their current job.

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    Posted on March 15th, 2013 by Rob Holdsworth filed under: Blog, Work

  • “Care Gap Crisis” looms with British Grandparents working more than the rest of Europe

    Grandparenting in Europe - Report CoverNew research published today from Grandparents Plus shows that across Europe 40% of grandparents are playing a major role in providing childcare.

    British grandparents are almost twice as likely as their European counterparts to still be in work, while six in ten provide childcare.  They also have more grandchildren than in the other 11 countries studied.

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    Posted on March 15th, 2013 by Sarah Wellard filed under: Blog

  • A House of Lords’ select committee has today released “Ready for Ageing” a report concluding that the government is “woefully underprepared” to deal with a rapidly ageing UK population.

    The report shows that a woman turning 65 in 2030 can expect to live until she’s 91. That’s good news. But at 65 she might also expect to face an “inadequate retirement income”, a social care system in an even deeper crisis, the disproportionate burden of caring for elderly parents, and employers who continue to think that people reaching her age should be pushed of the so-called “retirement cliff”.

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    Posted on March 14th, 2013 by Ben Moxham filed under: Blog

  • Sex and Power 2013 – who runs Britain?

    Well, on the whole, unions are doing a lot better than most. But that’s partly because the rest are doing so badly. A new report from the Counting Women In Coalition showed just how dire women’s representation is at the top of politics and public life. In fact, Britain is falling down the global league table when it comes to women’s access to power and representation in politics.

    Women are a majority of the population, but power is concentrated in the hands of a minority. The lack of women in Westminster is often discussed. But the report shows that women are woefully under-represented in senior positions across public life, from the police and the education sector, to the arts and the world of finance.

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    Posted on March 12th, 2013 by Frances O'Grady filed under: Blog

  • For many women aged over 50 staying in work long enough to receive a decent standard of living in retirement can be challenging.

    For others it can be impossible.

    The Pensions Policy Institute found that 50% of older workers will have to work for at least six years past their State Pension age in order to maintain their existing standard of living – in other words, it isn’t going to happen.  The gender pay gap may well exacerbate this for women.

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    Posted on March 12th, 2013 by Christopher Brooks filed under: Blog, Work

  • My financial problems started, though I didn’t know it, when I divorced my daughter’s father after 20 years of marriage in around 1990.

    I had been paying married women’s NI stamp for 14 years, to finance my daughters education, as we were on an extremely limited budget.I had no private pension being in low paid part time employment, (part time admin in a comprehensive school). Two years after the divorce the then DHSS informed me I wasn’t entitled to continue paying the married women’s rate (even though I had remarried) also collecting two years backdated contributions.

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    Posted on March 12th, 2013 by Case Study filed under: Blog

  • The empty-nest years are turning out to be full-nest years. Forget the cruises and the backpacking in India: the costs of childcare mean that one in three working families now relies on grandparents to help looking after the grandchildren. Not only are grandparents helping their children function economically; they also often bear the burden of caring for elderly relatives. Meanwhile, we are all being told we need to work longer.

    This is quite a lot of things to be falling on grandparents’ shoulders, so perhaps it’s not surprising that since Gransnet started as a social networking site for grandparents two years ago, one of the most persistent discussions has been ‘how are we supposed to do so much?’

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    Posted on March 11th, 2013 by Geraldine Bedell filed under: Blog

  • Older women who work in science and engineering (STEM) will not need telling that there is an enduring problem of gender segregation. Women make up around one half of the workforce overall but only 12% of all STEM employees, less than 7% of engineering professionals and 1% of skilled tradespeople. The ‘leaky pipeline’ means that a higher proportion of women than men either never use their STEM qualification or leave to work in other areas.

    Prospect has around 14,000 female members working in STEM and, over the last couple of years, we’ve been investigating their experiences. A programme of qualitative research in 2011 was followed up by a large scale survey last year, to which 2,000 women replied.

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    Posted on March 11th, 2013 by Sue Ferns filed under: Work

  • Women in their 50s earn nearly a fifth less than men of the same age – the widest gender pay gap of any age group.

    TUC analysis of the pay and jobs of women over the age of 50 shows that despite a dramatic rise in the number of women working past 50, low pay and pensioner poverty remain major concerns for them as they approach retirement.

    A woman in her 50s working full-time currently earns £11.99 per hour – 18 per cent less hour than a man of a similar age (£14.69). This compares to a 10 per cent gender pay gap across the workforce as a whole. Women in their 50s also earn less than women in their 30s (£14.17) and 40s (£12.93).

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    Posted on March 10th, 2013 by Gemma Tumelty filed under: Blog, Work