Addressing the unequal participation of women in work
The Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee has issued a call for evidence to look at solutions to tackle the issues causing inequality of women in the workplace.
The inquiry would like views on potential solutions to a number of issues that have already been raised with the Committee. They include:
- Workforce issues – such as shift working and its impacts; lack of part-time working in some sectors and, more generally, the increase in the number of men taking on part-time work; employers’ reactions to flexible-working requests; impact of public and voluntary sector cuts; the double disadvantage facing disabled women in the labour market.
- Occupational segregation – such as women being clustered in certain types of work – like caring, cleaning and clerical work; women taking on part-time, low-status or low-paid work because of caring responsibilities or underemployment; the impact of the glass ceiling and whether it is about more women in the boardroom or career progression.
- Childcare – such as the need for widely available, flexible childcare to meet workers with shift patterns’ needs; the need for childcare to be free at the point of delivery; the need for sufficient capacity in the workforce.
- Women in business – the need for support for women in business to help them start, maintain and grow their own enterprises.
- Managing unequal pay in local authorities – how to ensure local authority equal pay obligations are met.