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Working Mothers Report - March 2013

Keeping mum in the workforce

In developing countries, working women can actually make the difference required to lift a region out of poverty. Women also play a vital role in sustained economic growth and are helping bridge the skills gap where this issue is holding back economic development.

Respondents to this survey highlight that greater flexibility of working hours and location are the top two measures firms can take to ensure that valuable female staff does not drop out of work after maternity. Near-site crèche facilities, an increased use of video-communication instead of business travel and job sharing are the next most popular options. In this latest survey respondents also reveal that businesses retaining women in the workforce after maternity report improved levels of productivity.