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Older women 'want fewer hours at work'

Older women 'want fewer hours at work'

A new study from the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has revealed that more than two in five female workers over the age of 50 want to be given the option of working fewer hours in their current job.

It was noted that the recession and the ongoing economic uncertainty that is plaguing the UK has been characterised by rising under-employment.

This means that many people have been forced to accept part-time work when they really need a full-time position - or at least more hours - in order to make ends meet.

However, a survey carried out by the TUC found that working too many hours remains a very big issue for some people up and down the country.

An estimated 40.1 per cent of female respondents in the 50 to 64 age range said they want to work less. Furthermore, around 30.3 per cent of women aged between 20 and 34 years old also identified with this trend.

The TUC argued that this data indicates that the rising demand for a larger degree of flexible working is simply not being met by employers.

General secretary of the trade union collective Frances O'Grady said that the provision of this kind of work on the part of employers could be a very positive move.

She suggested that more women - and particularly older people - will be able to take more time to care for their loved ones if they are in this position.

Employers could also benefit, as they will be able to hold on to talented and experienced members of staff for longer than they would if these individuals were forced to leave their current role.

"The government can play its part too by providing stronger flexible working rights, particularly for those caring for parents and grandkids," Ms O'Grady commented.

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Posted by Trusha Vyas