The number of women in the workplace increased after more companies started working and hiring remotely during the pandemic. According to Resolution Foundation, women between the ages of 25 and 33 who work have increased by 1.8% since the pandemic started.
As the pandemic made most businesses start working remotely, more opportunities were available for people across the world. Women, in particular, benefited from these workplace changes.
Women and Remote Work
According to the Resolution Foundation Report, remote work benefited working mothers. 74% of mothers with children between the ages of 0 to 3 years are currently working compared to the 68% of mothers in 2019 and 2017.
The findings are a result of all the new flexible policies implemented by companies in the pandemic. All these changes made it easier for primary caregivers – who, according to the report, are predominantly female – to balance work and still look after their children.
The report also revealed that 1 in 10 mothers in a relationship said that remote work enables them to take up a remote job or increase their working hours. Approximately 500,000 women increased their working hours from part-time to full-time during the pandemic.
Resolution Foundation concluded that remote working leads to a permanent increase in women’s participation in the workforce.