Time to embrace flexible hours
Being a woman is a challenge, especially when she has to juggle a career with the roles of a wife, mother and daughter at the same time.
More often than not, many have opted to quit the job market to raise their children or be caregivers to their families. In Malaysia, this has led to a serious decline in the participation of women in the labour force, which alarmingly, is already the lowest in the Asean region.
Data from the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) in the Prime Minister’s Department shows that only 4.58 million of 9.57 million women of employable age are in the job market. That is a low 47.9%.
While statistics from the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development show that women’s participation in the workforce rises among those aged below 30, it declines continuously for those aged 30 and above. This downward trend, observed since 1990, indicates that women who left the workforce did not return.
To reverse the trend, or at least stem the flow, employers need to promote women’s participation in the workforce by making more career options available to them that suit their family and lifestyle needs.
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