Eighty-six per cent of multinational enterprises now consider implementing mobile flexible working to be a medium or high priority, according to research from Vodafone. A study by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has also shown that 76 per cent of employers consider flexible working practices to have positive effects on staff. However, when drilling a little deeper, it soon becomes clear that while employers support flexible working in theory, not all are doing it in practice.
Women are becoming a more dominant presence in the workforce. Intuit's '2020 Report' showed that over the next six years around 870 million women who had previously not participated in the mainstream economy will either gain employment or start their own business. Of these, 822 million will come from non-industrialised countries and 47 million will come from North America, Western Europe and Japan.