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Gender pay gap: lack of flexible working is holding women back

Companies with 250 or more employees rushed to publish their gender pay gap data on April 5, and a clear conclusion emerged: the lack of flexible working options is holding women (and men) back.

As research by PwC suggests, making flexible working options more widely available would alleviate caring responsibilities for women. Laura Hinton, executive board member and head of people at PwC, says companies must “provide greater flexibility so that part-time working isn’t the default option” for women.

In a recent report, MPs on the Women and Equalities Committee have also suggested that flexible working options should also be encouraged for working dads. They see this in cooperation with better work rights for women, claiming that "fathers taking a more active role in caring for their children is a key way of ending the gender pay gap".

Read more on the topic on CityAM and The Conversation.

If you're interested in making your workforce more flexible, you can read our guide on flexible recruitment here. Our 'Happy To Talk Flexible Working' strapline is a great visual clue that you are open to an honest conversation with your prospective employees. You can download it for free, here.

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