Women Returning To WWII Job Sectors Could Add £23 Billion To The Economy

27 Mar

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The Women in Work Sector Pathways initiative today announces a further £5 million pounds of funding to help women into male dominated employment sectors.

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The Women in Work Sector Pathways initiative today announces a further £5 million pounds of funding to help women into male dominated employment sectors. This comes at a time when research released by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills reveals that unleashing women’s potential in the workplace could add some £23 billion to the economy, helping to beat the recession.

In 2009, two-thirds of women work in just 12 occupational areas – mainly cleaning, catering, clerical, retail and caring - whilst two-thirds of men work in 26 occupational areas. Men generally work at a higher level in technical, engineering, transport and communications occupations. In fact only a third of managers and senior officials are women.

This is reflected in wage packets - 56% of women with children go out to work, but they earn 32% less than men and 41% less than men who work full-time. Women are not only paid less, they’re also hampered by a lack of prospects in the workplace. But this wasn’t always the case.

B-ROLL FOOTAGE: including WW11 archive material is available free of charge and without copyright restriction. Footage contains:
• WWII footage of women in traditional male dominated employment sectors
• IV Baroness Prosser
• IV Valerie Todd - Director of talent and resources at Crossrail
• IVs Case Studies
• GVs of Interviewees
• GVs of women in modern day workplace

B-ROLL FOOTAGE available: Wednesday 25th March 2009

WEB-VIDEO available: Friday 27th March 2009

For Further Information please contact: daisy.wallace@tvcgroup.com
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