The UK economy is characterised by a relatively high level of flexibility in work patterns when compared with our continental neighbours. The work force is roughly split between male and female employment, although women are more concentrated in part-time rather than full-time employment. The numbers of males working part-time is increasing each year. The development of family friendly employment practices has encouraged the increasing feminisation of the workplace e.g. job sharing, home working, and the development of creche facilities in the workplace. While some employers…

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