Women ”particularly vulnerable” to jobs loss

Women are ”particularly vulnerable” to job losses in the public sector, a leading employment expert has warned. 

Women are ”particularly vulnerable” to job losses in the public sector, a leading employment expert has warned. 
A survey by Workingmums.co.uk yesterday revealed 13% of mums had lost a flexible job and were looking for another, while 11% had lost a full-time job and were looking for flexible work.
Seven per cent had lost a full-time job and were now seeking another full-time job. 
The poll found 44% of women wanted to return to flexible work after maternity leave or a career break.
The Chartered Institute of Personnel has warned the UK is entering a ”female recession”.
Colette Fagan, professor of sociology at Manchester University, said: ”The poll adds to the evidence that the recession is already impacting on women – with 30% of those polled having lost their employment.
”Further job losses are on their way, and women in the public sector are particularly vulnerable.
”Just over over two in five were seeking flexible working arrangements to resume employment after maternity leave or a career break.  This is striking and begs the question: will these women succeed in securing flexible working using the ‘right to request’ law or does more need to be done to make such options genuinely available?”





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