1 in 7 women claim that becoming a mother has cost them their job. Can the right to ask for flexible working help put an end to the discrimination epidemic?
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2014 sees the implementation of long-planned legislative changes, which will afford every worker in the UK the right to ask their employer for flexible working hours, regardless of whether or not they have children.
As a working mother, and one with a vested interest in the job market, I hope this will spark cultural and behavioural change, because something needs to be done to tackle workplace discrimination. Continue reading “The Secret Scandal of Pregnancy and Maternity Redundancy” »
We’re not Mad Men, but we’d be mad to ignore the negative impact of a prolonged pay gap between the sexes…
In his State of the Union Address last month, President Obama denounced “workplace policies that belong in a Mad Men episode”. Gender inequality is a hot topic and it would seem that politicians on this side of the Atlantic are keen to make similar changes. Labour’s shadow equalities minister Gloria De Piero has suggested the government should close the pay gap between men and women for equivalent civil service jobs, setting an example within its own workforce.
Sarah Long, Head of Systems and Design at Atkins Aerospace
In an industry where women remain stubbornly underrepresented, we talked to one of British engineering’s most influential women about her introduction to the business and her rise through its ranks, and how flexible working can benefit both men and women.
People don’t leave companies, the old saying goes, they leave managers. So, with the new year here, why not give your boss an early appraisal?
What was the first thing your manager said to you in 2014? Did they chat about your Christmas? Did they offer you a cup of tea and ask about your plans for the year? Or did they greet you in another way? Something like…
At this time of the year with Christmas and New Year looming most of us are wondering how challenging the work commute is going to be in 2014, and over the festive period.
Currently the long-term Met office weather predictions have high wind warnings for Christmas Eve and for Christmas Day in the Greater London area. Some areas are already experiencing flooding, with wind and rain set to continue.
We have a few tips for you to ease your commute, and also on how to find jobs that may be a better commute for you. Continue reading “Bad Weather Commute Jobs that Work for you” »