There is a gap in the proposal, and that gap is made up of single women who do not have children. This group of women form an integral part of our workforce, often covering for married colleagues or those with children.
Singapore (PRWEB) February 26, 2013
In a bid to create more pro-family and women-friendly workplaces, the Women’s Wing of Singapore’s ruling political party, People's Action Party (PAP) has last week submitted a Paper on “Women at Work” to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). The Paper, which comes on the back of the Marriage & Parenthood Paper, has suggested seven measures.
Asiabiz Services, a Singapore company setup consultancy, recognizes that the proposal seeks to address the salient issue of work-life balance as well as provide companies with an alternative source of labour within the country, amid economic restructuring and Singapore work visa calibration efforts.
The Women at Work Paper, which also aims to engage more women in the workforce has found that two out of three non-working Singaporeans are women. The women labour force participation rate stands at 57.7%. In addition, 15% of the economically inactive women women under 60 years old are are university graduates. This comes up to about 65,730 non-working graduates.
On the top of its list, the Women’s Wing wishes for the government to legislate two things i.e. 1) to allow workers with children 12 years and under to request for flexible-work arrangements and 2) that parents are allowed to take no-pay leave for up to one year to care for their children, without having their positions replaced when they return to work.
It has also suggested the establishment of a One Stop Centre to enforce the legislation as well as provide retraining and job matching services for women to return to the workforce. In addition, it has called for freelance and contract workers to enjoy basic rights under the Employment Act; and to help working parents have better access to childcare services, after-school care programmes were put forth. In addition, it recommended a “Back to Work Employment Credit Scheme” to reward Singapore registered firms to hire women who return to the workforce.
Commenting on the proposal, Mr. James Nuben, Head of Taxation at Asiabiz Services said, “These measures would be welcome by women who want to have children or already have families. However, there is a gap in the proposal, and that gap is made up of single women who do not have children. This group of women form an integral part of our workforce, often covering for married colleagues or those with children. However, single people have families and dreams too, and some have forgone marriage or personal dreams to care for elderly or sick family members. To create more women friendly and pro-family workplaces, we need to assist all women, and not just those with children.”
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