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.
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.
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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.