For Employers

Women at work  what Coronavirus has shown us
Women at work what Coronavirus has shown us

A new report has painted a pretty bleak picture of life for working women during the lockdown.

Those forced to work from home even when alongside a male partner have often found their working day interrupted by the need to care for children or carry out domestic chores.

Research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows that in mixed-sex households where both partners work, women have picked up a disproportionate amount of the household management tasks, often at the expense of their own work.

And the IFS warns that this is no short-term event. The institute says there is likely to be a long-lasting impact on womens professional lives as a result of the pandemic including slowing down the progress made over the past few years in narrowing the gender pay gap.

The Government effectively made gender pay gap reporting optional earlier this year as the coronavirus took hold and the number of companies doing so has fallen by half as a result. Worryingly, early indications are that the gap has risen over the last 12 months. Analysis by the Financial Times found the average pay gap increased from 11.9 per cent to 12.9 per cent in the year to April.

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For Employees

The hidden cost of coronavirus for working women
The hidden cost of coronavirus for working women

We like to think that we live in a hugely civilised, modern society.

But when something happens which upsets our way of life such as coronavirus - it doesnt take long for some old stereotypes to emerge.

With lots of us forced to work from home, the kids being unable to go to school, and a state of national emergency reducing us to lockdown, youd have thought that wed have all pulled together to share the burden of domestic chores and home educating.

But if you look at the latest figures, Im afraid they paint an entirely different story.

Research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows that in mixed-sex households where both partners work, its the women who have been picking up the extra burden of housework and looking after the kids during lockdown.

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