Flexible work extension voted best news for working mums in 2009

The extension of flexible working to parents of children under 16 was the best news for working mums in 2009, according to a workingmums.co.uk poll.

The extension of flexible working to parents of children under 16 was the best news for working mums in 2009, according to a workingmums.co.uk poll.
The survey found 39% of the over 160 women polled thought the extension of flexible working, which came in in April, had helped them the most this year.  Twenty-three per cent said that the Government’s u-turn on childcare vouchers was their high spot and 13% said moves on gender pay legislation would help working mums the most. The Government’s Equality Bill currently going through Parliament will mean companies with over 250 employees will have to publish details of the hourly pay rate per gender
However, 19% of those surveyed thought none of these moves represented the best progress for working mums in 2009.
One commented that it would take more than equal pay for work of equal status to help working mums. She said: “The main problem for women is the denial of promotion and getting pushed into low paid part-time work without prospects. O levels, A levels and Degrees plus qualifications and experience make no difference. Aggressive, uneducated colleagues who can’t spell, have illegible handwriting, can’t write reports and have no IT qualifications- get promotion. Why? Men like giving money to men – even when the man’s conduct towards women and children is deplorable. Another reason is women are not supportive to other female colleagues.”





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