Work — Page 2

  • 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

  • Toni Dean tells Age Immaterial her story…
    When will it change? I am now 53; I had four children between 1983 and 2000.  My eldest daughter is now 30, my twin sons are just reaching 21 and my youngest son is fast approaching 13. It’s not been easy; I have tried everything to support my family; working unsociable hours for low-paid work, part-time work, child minders, and nurseries and later, where available, after-school care.  There has never been a satisfactory outcome; it has been a continual plate spinning exercise, having to choose what support option to take up dependent on the type of work I chose. In the end it was just about getting through day by day, dealing with the here and now, muddling along just to try to generate some secondary income as we were a large family. But often the costs of childcare negated the little I managed to earn. I feel I have compromised my options in terms of work and have limited my choices due to my inability to build up work experience over time.

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    Posted on March 10th, 2013 by Toni Dean filed under: Blog, Work