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THE NUMBER of women in employment in the UK is higher than ever, with 14.1 million female employees working in 2014, according to a recent Women's Business Council report.

at is an increase of 292,000 from 2013 and represents 67.7 per cent of adult women in the UK, a proportional increase of one per cent in a year.

e number of female graduates is also higher than ever before, with 449,000 women graduating in 2014. is is an increase of about 3,000 from the previous year.

e gure includes 160,000 female STEM graduates, up 4,000 on the 2013 tally.

Despite the encouraging results, the Maximising Women's Contribution to Future Economic Growth: One Year On report also showed there are still 2.3 million women who want to work but cannot nd employment. is is a slight decrease from 2.4 million in 2013.

Meanwhile a report from coaching consultancy Talking Talent paints a somewhat mixed picture for female employees and working mothers.

e report - e Career Paradox for UK Women - sought to examine the working environment for women and working mothers and understand what organisations are doing to support female career progression.

working environment for women and working mothers and understand what organisations are doing to support female career progression.

Of the 1000 professional women surveyed, 80 per cent feel their employer is supportive of them; more than one in ten rate their employer positively for retaining and progressing female talent; and 53 per cent believe their employer values men and women equally in midlevel roles. However, 36 per cent have experienced workplace prejudice or discrimination, with one third saying that discrimination took the form of being looked over for promotion; 25 per cent of women believe their gender has hindered their career; and 12 per cent do not believe their employer values men and women equally at any level.

working mothers. | have a similarly mixed experience. Some 71 per cent of women say their employer is supportive of working mothers; a third of employers oer a career break for women to have a child; and 14 per cent oer free or subsidised childcare.

However, 37 per cent said being a working mother has hindered their career; a third had experienced workplace prejudice or discrimination because they were a mother; and of those, 37 per cent said they had been passed over for promotion because of being a working mother.

In terms of sectors, accountancy is the best sector for working women, receiving the highest scores in more positive indicators than any other sector.

Law, education and accountancy are the best sectors for working mothers.

Advertising and media, and engineering and construction are the worst sectors for both women and working mothers. |

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Insider Monthly
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jul 11, 2014
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