81% would work more efficiently if they could choose what?

October 9, 2017 10:38 am

According to a survey carried out by global PR and Communications body, Global Women in PR (GWPR), 83% of parent respondents found balancing childcare and work a challenge.

Although this makes flexibility in work hours attractive to both parents, women are at a further disadvantage with 1 in 3 women lacking confidence – a key factor that held them back in the workplace – particularly when asking for a pay-rise.

And a whopping 81% said they would be just as efficient if they could choose the hours they work.

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Here are some key numbers evidencing why women still find themselves struggling in a workplace as opposed to their male counterparts:

  • The average salary for men in PR is US$61,284 (£46,156) compared to women US$55,212 (£41,584) – revealing a gender pay gap of $6,072 (£4,572), according to the Holmes Report Salary Figures 2017
  • 17% of men are ‘very confident’ asking for a promotion/pay rise compared to 11% of women
  • 26% of women are ‘not very confident’ asking for a promotion/pay rise – compared to 13% men
  • 28% of men think they will ‘definitely’ reach the top of the career ladder – only 18% women believe this
  • 81% of respondents thought they would be just as efficient if they could choose the hours they work
  • Over half (56%) said they didn’t need a fixed office workspace to be efficient

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Basing its core service on the need for flexibility among working women, Hopscotch ME, launched its services in 2016. Aimed at connecting companies with women looking flexible work, Hopscotch ME is headed by husband and wife duo Justin – also the CEO of MCG& Group – and Helen McGuire. The company also conducts roundtables and “Career Clinics” to encourage discussion and networking.

Sonali Attri, Global Talent Acquisition, Mastercard ME, who works with Hopscotch ME, says in a statement, “Hopscotch’s Talent Round Tables event will be very useful to identify and pipeline talent for our organization. There are high caliber candidates with tremendous potential that are looking to come back to work and this event is an excellent opportunity for us to meet them face to face.”

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AMEinfo Staff
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