Women: the greatest untapped resource

Women remain the greatest underused source of talent in the world with nearly half of working age women not in work, according to recruitment specialist Manpower.

Manpower says this is despite the fact that employers around the world complain of a skills shortage.

“What companies are offering women is clearly not what women want. There needs to be a shift toward work models that better provide women the flexibility they are looking for so that the percentage of women in the workforce does not drop off at every sorting of talent,” said Mara Swan, ManpowerGroup Executive Vice President, Global Strategy and Talent. “We also need to focus on strategic ways to reintegrate women who temporarily leave the workforce to raise families.”

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“Companies need to value the diversity of thought, perspective and experience in order to unleash the potential of all of their people, regardless of gender or generation, to nurture innovation and productivity,” said Jeffrey A. Joerres, ManpowerGroup Chairman and CEO.

Manpower published a report this week saying that, although full-time and temporary employment was up in the last quarter of 2012, the number of vacancies is flat and redundancies are on the increase.

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