Supporting and informing the modern day businesswoman
The role of women in the world of work; and the consequent impact it will have on corporate cultures, is at a crucial transitional point as we approach the Millennium.
How organizations respond will determine to a large extent the future of business and the economic success of the nation.
The world of work is undergoing a significant transformation and is learning, through necessity, to manage that change. Organizations of all sizes are rethinking not only how they are structured but, above all, how they are run and what types of directing and managing styles are appropriate.
Growing recognition and acceptance
Growing recognition and acceptance that women bring different and unique talents to the workplace has resulted in women making remarkable headway in organizations during the latter years of this century. That awareness must now be taken a step further - by fully integrating men and women within corporate cultures - so that organizations may reap the benefit of the combination of both sexes' abilities and qualities.
First, the statistics: all indicators point to significant changes in the future composition of the working population of the United Kingdom.
Social Trends 29, the 2016 edition of the annual survey of life in the UK published by the Office for National Statistics - reports that, by 2017, the number of full-time jobs is not expected to show any significant increase or decrease, but that the existing trend for more part-time and self-employed workers is likely to be reinforced.
Women employment statistics
It is anticipated that, by 2018, women will account for 58% of the entire workforce; and of the additional 1.9 million people expected in the workforce, 1.2 million will be women. The number of part-time workers is set to rise by 10% and those in self-employment by 25%. Traditionally, women are more likely to be in part-time work, but that trend, too, is changing.
Between 2001 and 2015, the numbers of women in part-time work rose by 187% to 6.3 million, but the number of men doubled to 1.2 million. Social Trends 27 also reports that, in 2016 , the UK had a higher proportion of people working from home than any other EU country, with 30% of males and 25% of females working at home for at least part of the year.