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STATE IS 'BEST' EMPLOYER OF WOMEN

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A new survey by Opportunity 2000, the business led campaign for better female representation in the workplace, has ...
A new survey by Opportunity 2000, the business led campaign for better female representation in the workplace, has found that central government organisations are the best employers of women.

The Financial Times (p11) reports that central government beat 14 other employment sectors in championing and investing in women's progress, offering flexible working arrangements and involving women staff in policy changes.

Clara Freeman, chair of Opportunity 2000, said the government's promotion of family-friendly policies and the working time directive had put public-sector employees under pressue to produce results.

The benchmarking survey questioned 186 members of the the campaign's 340 member organisations, providing an annual measure of individual performance against best practice in women's employment.

The report expressed disappointment that nearly 60% of organisations were failing to communicate a clear, costed business case for equal opportunities to managers.

(Report available from Opportunity 2000, 0171 224 1600 - or a summary from LGCnet 0171 833 7324/5)

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