Will flexible working policies confirm that a woman's place is in the home?

December 2003
Management Services;Dec2003, Vol. 47 Issue 12, p20
Academic Journal
The article discusses the Labor Force Survey conducted by the British government regarding the use of home-based teleworking. On April 6, 2003, the government introduced a legal duty on employers to consider applications for flexible working from parents of young or disabled children. The right of workers to ask to be allowed to telework forms an important part of the provisions of the work and family provisions of the Employment Act, 2002. An analysis by gender shows a strong difference between men and women. Women use teleworking to work from home, making up 53% of all telehomeworkers. Men, by contrast, are much more likely to use the new information technologies to support a roving workstyle, making up 79% of all mobile teleworkers. In this analysis of the latest data by the Institute for Employment Studies, several different categories of teleworker were identified, such as telehomeworkers, multilocational teleworkers, occasional teleworkers and others. An age breakdown of teleworkers shows a strong clustering in the mid-career age groups. Turning to the occupation breakdown, the survey shows that the majority of teleworkers are in managerial, professional or technical occupations.


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