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Companies urged to implement flexible working plans

Published: Tuesday, 06 May 2008   Category: Life after graduation

Those looking for graduate jobs that offer flexible working may be interested to know that one expert has called on companies to practice what they preach.

Jan Peters, women's forum manager at the British Computer Society, said that although many companies have policies on flexible working, these are not always implemented fully.

Such issues may deter women from entering certain industries, including the IT profession, the expert suggested.

It is important therefore that companies within the sector are "delivering the policies that they are preaching".

"It is all very well trying to attract women to your company by advertising flexible working, but when it comes down to it, it isn't that easy and they make you feel uncomfortable," Ms Peters commented.

According to figures produced by the society in 2004, women make up just 14 per cent of its membership.

The organisation currently has 60,000 members in more than 100 countries around the world.

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