Women at work
Kirby Cross, 29 April 2009 - by Zo Nicholas
Today is Equal Pay Day!
“..Today is Equal Pay Day, designated every April on a Tuesday as a reminder that Tuesday is the day on which women’s wages catch up to men’s wages from the preceding week. On average, female workers have to put in more than six days of paid work to earn what men earn in five.
Among those who usually worked full time during the first quarter of 2009, women’s median weekly earnings were 79 percent those of men. That implies that the catch-up clock for them rings at about 10:38 a.m. on Tuesdays (assuming a standard five-day week and eight-hour day starting at 8 a.m.)….” By Nancy Folbre
Women have come a long way to achieve equality with men but are not quite there yet.
Working from home
While browsing looking for some information I came across another interesting article, one from Learn direct, which draws attention to the fact that working women are very much on the increase, women want to work, and that working from home for women is certainly becoming more common place.
With all the technological advances it is no longer necessary for women in the IT industry to physically go to work as their IT jobs can be done remotely from home. When trying to juggle family commitments this is certainly an ideal situation as so much time is wasted in unneccessary travel, traffic jams, time that could be used better. Working away from home also incurs added costs to the family budget.
There are many courses available that encourage individuals to work from home with IT. Courses are not neccessarily expensive and most can be done at home at your own speed. They may also lead to higher qualifications which of course raise employment prospects and income. Employers are also encouraged to take a look at expanding their business by taking it online and exploring the numerous possibilities available to them to utilise women who wish to work from home.
Even starting your own business from home, or taking our home business online is not such a daunting affair. There are many opportunities to join courses and trainings online that will teach you the basics aspects of running your own business, about ecommerce and marketing your business online. There has never been a better time to consider working for yourself online.
“..There will be 24.9 million new online shoppers by the end of the decade, accounting for 49% of the adult population.”
“..By 2012 online sales will be worth in excess of £60 billion per annum and represent almost 20% of all retail sales.
** Source: Interactive Media in Retail Group (IMRG), 2005
Take Brenda Baker from New Zealand, for example, a hard working from home mum with a large family, who learned how to take her home freesia growing business online and expand her market locally. There are many businesses like Brenda’s which could benefit from added exposure online. In todays economic climate one has to learn to expand and diversify to survive.