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Remote work has enabled more women to get jobs during the pandemic

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According to a new study, the number of women in the workplace has increased after more companies allowed their employees to work from home during the pandemic.

The number of women aged 25 to 44 working in 2021 has increased by 1.8% since the start of the pandemic.

In addition, 74% of mothers of children aged 0-3 are currently working, compared to 68% of mothers in 2019 and 2017.

The findings, published by the Resolution Foundation think tank, are the result of hybrid work models put in place during the pandemic that have enabled primary care givers (who are disproportionately female) to balance work and custody of their children.

One in 10 mothers in a relationship said working remotely had allowed them to either take a job or increase their working hours since February 2020, while only 5% of fathers and 3% of women without children said the same thing.

According to the report, titled Begin Again?, about 500,000 women increased their working hours from part-time to full-time during the pandemic.

They now make up nearly 48% of the overall workforce, up from 47% in 2019 and 44% in 1992.

The report, which was compiled in collaboration with the Center for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics, also suggested that women in relationships may have returned to more work after their partner’s wages or jobs were affected. during the pandemic.

In October 2021, 15% of people whose partners were on leave and receiving less than full pay were working more than before the pandemic.

In couples where one partner was furloughed and still receiving full pay, only 9% of secondary earners took on more work.

Resolution Foundation said the increase in remote working could lead to a permanent increase in women’s participation in the labor market.

“It should be kept in mind, however, that a new gender divide in remote work could risk inhibiting women’s career progression if employers favor those in the office,” they said. writers.

“As we have already recommended, policymakers and employers should help working parents, regardless of gender, to balance work and childcare without harming their longer-term career prospects.”

Earlier this month, Bank of England policymaker Catherine Mann warned that women working from home could “damage” their careers now that people are starting to return to the office.

There’s the potential for two leads,” Mann explained at the time. “There are people who are on the virtual track and people who are on the physical track. And I’m afraid we’ll see both of those tracks develop, and we’ll pretty much know who’s going to be on which track, unfortunately.

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