A number of exposes in recent years have pointed out that professional women, who have had a period of absence from the labour force and want to return, is an untapped pool of skillful workers. However, studies show that those who wish to re-join, face a number of structural challenges, including high unemployment and underemployment … More Employment and Diversity: Female Professionals on the Move – An Untapped Pool of Skilled Workers in the European Union
According to the latest EU Employment and Social Situation – Spring 2016, there is a gradual increase in the employment rate, alongside a decline in the unemployment rate in the European Union (8.8 %, the lowest rate since 2009). As I read the review I wondered how highly skilled intra-EU mobile persons are benefiting from … More Intra-EU Mobility, Employment and the Highly Skilled: Some “Food-for-Thought” on Ways Forward
In 2015, the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) published the Gender Equality Index – Measuring Gender Equality in the European Union 2005-2012 which examines a number of policy areas in relation to gender equality, including work. The report functions as an assessment tool, thus enabling us to measure the degree of progress made in … More 2016 International Women’s Day: Women, Employment, and Intra-EU Mobility
2015 was perhaps the year in which Europeans heard repeatedly the word crisis. First the Euro crisis, and more recently the refugee crisis, and yet one acute issue not so visible in the media is the critical matter of EU demographic deficit in relation to employment, productivity, economic growth and prosperity in Europe. Only time … More Crisis, Employment and Opportunity – Intra-EU Mobility of Professional Women & Challenges to Integration into the Labour Market: A Bridge We Must Cross
In May 2015 a conference entitled “How to Improve Intra-European Mobility and Circular Migration? Fostering Diaspora Engagement” was convened under the auspices of the Latvian EU Presidency in Riga, which proposed a number of policy recommendations for European institutions on the issues of intra-EU mobility aimed at overcoming barriers and increasing the benefits of mobility … More Is Better Service to Intra-EU Mobile Citizens a Medium to Foster Greater Mobility in the EU? Service, Recommendations and an Outlook on Strengthening Opportunities & Partnerships
Notwithstanding – and in part prompted by – the economic crisis, the flow of mobile people searching for work continues to grow in the European Union; from 4.7 million in 2005 to 8 million in 2013, mainly driven by job opportunities in countries of destination. If a great deal of discussion on this issue is … More Intra-EU Mobility and the Highly Skilled: Is Europeans’ Preferred Type and Length of Employment the ‘Missing’ Element Towards Increasing Labour Mobility?
As we celebrate the start of a new year, I ponder what 2015 may have in store for professional women engaged in the labour market as well as for those seeking employment. Around the world, the economy and labour markets are in transition, but as the saying goes “in every crisis lies an opportunity”. Women, … More Myths, Misconception, and Evidence-Based on the Professional Advancement of Women– May 2015 Deliver More for All