What can we do as women?

woman at deskAs we celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March in this a General Election year it is pertinent to ask, what can we do as women ?

First of all are you registered to vote? There is still time. It is less than 100 years since all women were given the vote in the UK. Please use your vote.

Secondly, out of 650 MP’s only 148 are women and there are only four women in a Cabinet of 23. Ask your candidates their views on this disparity and how they intend to work on influencing a fairer representation of women…..a representation that fairly reflects our population. Continue reading

Quality of employment, not quantity, is what matters

Job vacancyDavid Cameron has outlined his plans for the UK to become a nation of ‘full employment’. However, ‘full employment’ was also the aspiration, although never a formal target, of the previous Labour Government.

In a series of policy reviews in 2006 and 2007, including the Leitch Review of Skills, ‘full employment’ was defined as an 80% employment rate – which the then Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Peter Hain, described as achievable “within a generation.”  At the time, the UK employment was around 73% – it is now back up to this rate, according to the latest Labour Force Survey for October to December 2014. Continue reading