Part time work and self-employment is replacing full time employment for women. Well that’s according to the TUC which found the number of women in full-time employee jobs has fallen by 170,000, nearly 200,000 more women now describe themselves as being self-employed.
Their report conceded that while men are still twice as likely to be self-employed, women account for the majority of the increase in self-employed workers over the last four years.
Of grave concern to the TUC is that some of what has been described as ‘self-employment’ is “bogus and a way for employers to save on National Insurance costs and key employee benefits such as pensions, paid holidays and sick pay.”
In addition they rightly highlight that the poor pay associated with self-employment is shown by pay trends over the last decade.
The median income of self-employed workers has fallen from £11,300 in 2001 to just £10,300 in 2010, even before allowing for inflation.
The average income for employees has risen over the same period and is now nearly twice as high (£18,900). You can read their full release here.
The statistics reveal that women remain vulnerable in this current economic climate.
I have said this before, but women perform just as well as their male counterparts at university and in their early careers but something happens and they don’t progress in the same way.
That’s why I believe we must help women who are perfectly capable of performing as well as male colleagues but for whatever reason get overlooked.
Statistics like these are precisely why I have advocated moves such as supporting Commissioner Reding’s plans for mandatory quotas on boards. It’s true we don’t yet know the exact detail of her proposals, I am hopeful that she will put forward robust measures to address the problem.
I was really pleased to read last week that the Royal Mail chief executive backs workplace quotas for women. Moya Greene, chief executive of Royal Mail, said she would champion the concept of quotas to bring more women into the work place and boardroom. Her support will be invaluable in making this happen.
She told an audience at the Communications Workers Union’s women’s section in Peterborough that women were currently “not represented as they should be in society or companies”.
“There is something about the UK – for all its egalitarianism, women are not represented as they should be in society or companies,” she said. You can read the full article here.