Barriers to modern working practices for businesses in Wales

Understanding the actual AND perceived barriers for Welsh businesses to offer more modern forms of working to their staff.


Photograph. Interior. Q and A with Mumsnet and Gransnet at PwC. Jo Swinson, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs and for Women and Equalities. 30 June 2014.

Considerable improvements in the last decades

Benefits surrounding the implementation of Modern Working Practices (MWP) for businesses in Wales.

In November 2013, as part of the Agile Nation project, Arad Research was commissioned by Chwarae Teg to conduct research into the barriers and benefits surrounding the implementation of Modern Working Practices ( MWP ) for businesses in Wales.

The specific objectives of this research are:

To understand the barriers / perceived barriers for Welsh businesses to offer more modern forms of working to their staff;

To explore businesses that offer a range of working patterns to staff and examine the benefits businesses have seen after implementing these initiatives.

 

44% of women compared to 38% of men.

Women constitute half of the general population and almost half of the talent pool available to employers. In the UK, they are better educated than men, obtaining higher education degrees in larger numbers (44% of women vs. 38% of men) and achieving better results.

Organisations that have a more diverse workforce and that can boast a higher proportion of women in senior-management positions outperform their respective sectors.

Moreover, when you take into account both paid and unpaid labour, in the European Union ( EU ), women work longer hours than men, because they tend to be responsible for a disproportionately large amount of domestic duties.

Encouragingly, gender equality in the workplace has seen considerable improvements in the last decades, with a larger proportion of women entering and staying in employment and more women in Wales reporting high levels of satisfaction with their work-life balance. Nonetheless, the notorious pay gap and glass ceiling still exist in Wales and the UK.

 

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