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Women doubt they will achieve equality by 2020

Recent research has revealed that women are less optimistic than men about the likelihood of women achieving equality in terms of pay and career opportunities by the year 2020.


A report by Friends Life, entitled 'Working Women', has shown that 55% of women believe a significant pay gap will still exist between men and women by 2020, compared to only 31% of men. In addition, 53% of women, but only 30% of men, think that women will still be finding it harder to reach the upper rungs of the corporate ladder.


Motherhood, and childcare pressures in particular, remain the biggest barriers for women, according to the report. Over half (51%) of working mothers who have taken maternity leave agree that childcare is so expensive that financially it is not worth returning to work. Some 24% of working women with children under five spend more than a quarter of their salary on childcare.


Of those who do choose to go back, the need for flexible working is almost universally recognised. Some 88% of working women believe they should be allowed to reduce their hours for the sake of their family without this affecting their career prospects.


The report also found that:


  • The majority of women in their 50s affected by the Pensions Bill plan to carry on working until they become eligible rather than retire at the age they originally intended.
  • Some 88% of working women in their 50s believe their age would make it difficult for them to find a new job if they were made redundant.



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