Women entrepreneurs still face prejudice, says report

Prejudice is a bigger barrier to women entrepreneurs than the recession, according to a nationwide survey by Business Link. Plus other stories.

Prejudice is a bigger barrier to women entrepreneurs than the recession, according to a nationwide survey by Business Link.
It found that nearly a third of women businesswomen found problems gaining confidence from banks and investors and a quarter had to face stereotypical male attitudes about female bosses. A quarter also reported problems gaining respect from customers and colleagues and a quarter said they were perceived as being too emotionally involved with their business. Many had had to face prejudice from women with 20% feeling they had been held back because they were viewed as being an alpha female.
Almost 40% said they had had to work harder to gain success than male entrepreneurs. Meanwhile a report by accountants PriceWaterhousecoopers predicted a setback in women trying to break through the corporate glass ceiling as women took redundancy pay and tried to make a new start.
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Grandparent power
Nearly a third of working mums rely on informal childcare provided by grandparents, according to figures revealed last week by the Office for National Statistics.
See this week’s WorkingMums poll on the sidebar of this page.

HR staff willing to accept reduced hours
Over half of HR recruitment workers would accept reduced hours to safeguard colleagues’ jobs, according to a survey by the Keep Britain Working campaign.
The survey also found 30% would accept a pay cut, but 2% would strike and 4% would walk out if bosses didn’t also make sacrifices if they were forced to do so.
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Worst of recession over, but job cuts likely to rise
The UK is over the worst of the recession, but job losses will continue to rise, says research from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR).
The CEBR says 28,000 jobs in the financial sector were lost in 2008 and 29,000 more will be lost in 2009. This is 5,000 fewer jobs than it predicted last October. It attributes this to the speed with which the market has steadied in recent weeks. It predicts City jobs will gradually recover from 2010 and increase to 313,000 in 2012. Areas likely to be most hit are derivatives and merger and acquisition related corporate finance.
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) also says that the worst of the recession is over and says it hopes to see a recovery next spring. And accountacy firm Baker Tilly has conducted a survey of finance directors which shows half think there will be long-term benefits for companies from the recession.

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UK lacks flexibility

Over half of UK employees say their firm has no flexible work policy, according to research by recruitment agency Monster.
It shows that 17% of 1,078 members of staff surveyed thought flexible working was only allowed for certain members of staff and only 3% expected to be able to work flexibly soon. Meanwhile, 22 percent said their workplace was very flexible about working hours and where staff work from.
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