Report calls for action to make job shares easier

A new report calls on the Government to change the tax rules to make it cheaper for employers to employ a job share.

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The Government needs to axe outdated the tax rules preventing more people taking up job-sharing roles, according to a new report.

A new White Paper from gender equality group Empower, Job Sharing: Redefining Work, Doubling Impact, explores the opportunities job sharing roles present for women in senior roles to facilitate an improved work life balance and close the gender pay gap.

It calls for Government to reduce Employer’s National Insurance for two employees in a job share to lower the cost barrier commonly faced by firms looking to introduce the practice.

Jacqui Smith, Former Home Secretary and Deputy Minister for Women, said: “While we’ve made encouraging steps in recent decades to reduce workplace inequalities and tackle the gender pay gap, it’s clear that women are still disadvantaged from progressing in the workplace.

Job sharing brings benefits for both employees and the employer. A small tax incentive would create more opportunities for more people – most often women – with caring or other responsibilities to operate in senior roles. In turn that would increase organisational productivity, boost morale and create senior leadership teams which are more representative of the population as a whole.”

Wera Hobhouse MP, Liberal Democrat Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, last week tabled an Early Day Motion to call on the Government to support the incentivisation of job-sharing opportunities by reducing cost barriers.

She said: “Flexi-working formats pose a real opportunity for business to reduce gender inequalities. By facilitating a healthy work-life balance and creating more diverse senior leadership teams, job sharing can help close the gender pay gap.

“Empower’s ‘Job Sharing: Redefining Work, Doubling Impact’ highlights the need for policy to address the cost barriers faced by companies that offer job-sharing opportunities to employees. Government must support industry by removing these barriers. A reduction in Employer’s National Insurance contributions for employees in job shares is an innovative idea that could make a real difference.”

*To access the full report,  click here.



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