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Part-time work improvements 'crucial to equality'

Improvements to the quality of part-time work will help the UK eliminate the need for women and some men to choose between their career and family interests, according to a leading group.

Maggie Berry, managing director of Women in Technology, asserted that flexible working rights in the office would provide a wide array of employee benefits, most of all those that can achieve workplace diversity.

She continued: "With technology making working from home easier than ever before, more flexible working would make a significant difference to the presence of women in IT."

Ms Berry added that improvements to part-time arrangements would also "crush the assumption that it's only women who should have family responsibilities", as it could mean that balances could be just as achievable for men.

The expert's comments follow an announcement from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, which is repealing regulations extending the right to request flexible working to parents of 17-year-olds for all businesses in a bid to reduce red tape.

Posted by Elizabeth MewesADNFCR-1003-ID-800472931-ADNFCR

March 23rd 2011
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