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Workplaces have a long way to go

Following the recent ABS report, Rafael Moyano, CEO of Adecco, said,“The ABS statistics show that workplaces still have a long way to go in balancing the responsibility of childcare between men and women. The fact that over a quarter of mothers with young children took a break from employment, compared to just 4 per cent of fathers, indicates structural changes are essential. Flexible working arrangements for both parents, routes back to employment after maternity leave and greater recognition of paternal demands could help address the imbalance.”


“Importantly, it’s essential that these changes go beyond professional environments. Mothers with a higher level of education are more likely to stay in employment than those without tertiary qualifications, suggesting those in more skilled and professional roles receive better family support. It’s important that mothers are given the same opportunities regardless of their job title.”


“Apprenticeships must be also be made more attractive to women, with 84 per being taken up by men. Industries experiencing skills gaps such as construction — the largest provider of apprenticeships in Australia — would see considerable benefits by making their roles appealing to both genders. Encouraging more school leavers to consider vocational routes, rather than seeing a university degree as the only route to success, would help better align skills to the job market across the board.”


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