Re-entering workforce difficult for majority of women: report
By Lisa Goh, The Star/Asia News NetworkKuala Lumpur--For all the talk that many women are leaving the work place because they prefer a life of leisure, Talent Corp. now has figures to prove otherwise.
March 4, 2013, 12:26 am TWN
A report, titled Retaining Women in the Workforce, has found that an overwhelming 93 percent of 824 women respondents who left their jobs have considered re-entering the workforce but 63 percent found it difficult to do so.
The report, launched on Feb 21, is based on a survey jointly conducted by Talent Corp. and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
According to the report, women who leave the workforce only intend to do so temporarily, but the hiatus may unintentionally become permanent if the women fail to get back to work before their skills become “rusty.”
“Women who have taken a hiatus are also perceived to be less committed than employees who have never left; they may be penalised in terms of slower career progression and passed over in favour of other candidates,” the report said.
But why is it hard for the women to come back to work?
According to Talent Corp. chief executive officer Johan Mahmood Merican, this is largely due to the lack of a framework to assist these women back into the workforce and because many employers feel there is no need for one.
“I've had employers tell me 'it's a personal choice. Some of them enjoy their tai-tai life.' Many employers don't see the need to change things from how things work now. They think the current system works, and that it's enough.
“But these are the facts: 93 percent have thought of coming back to work, and 63 percent are saying it's hard to do so,” he said.