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Title: Factors affecting women’s formal participation in the Malta labour market : results of a research project
Authors: Baldacchino, Godfrey
Keywords: Labor market -- Malta
Women employees -- Malta
Labor supply -- Malta
Women -- Labor – Malta -- Case studies
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Government of Malta. Ministry for Social Policy
Citation: Baldacchino, G. (2003). Factors affecting women’s formal participation in the Malta labour market: results of a research project. Ministry of Social Policy: Malta.
Abstract: With a female participation rate hovering at around 33%, Malta ranks lowest on this score amongst all 28 EU member states, accession states and candidate countries. Women's share of total employment remains a low 29%, while local female self-employment is also very low, standing at only 5%. This persisting state of affairs has been recognized and addressed in a number of policy documents and research studies over recent years. However, it is generally assumed that women may be lured to participate in the Malta labour market by means of suitable support measures. These include: the introduction of affordable quality child care; the availability of flexible working arrangements; protection of rights of workers who work part-time as their prinCipal employment, most of whom are women; the introduction of parental leave, longer maternity leave and responsibility breaks; the identification of 'women returners' as a specific client category by the Employment & Training Corporation (ETC); and the provision of redress for sexual discrimination in such matters as career progression. Admittedly, these are all positive measures intended to facilitate the incorporation and retention of women in the labour force; they will no doubt have some effect towards this end.
Description: Apart from extending my thanks to the 25-strong Gender & Development Diploma class, at the University of Malta, I must mention in particular: Shirley Zahra for su pervising the formulation of the survey questionnaire; Lucienne Borg Caruana, Antoinette Dalli, Elizabeth Anne Scolaro and Anthony Vella for volunteering to analyze part of the survey data and comment on the first draft report; Doris Gauci for assisting in the pre-survey mail-shot; Edwin Camilleri (Manager, Labour Market Information, Employment & Training Corporation), Frances CamilleriCassar (WPDC); Valerie Visanich (BA Sociology Student) and Lorraine Mercieca (Outlook Coop) for research support; and Herald Bonnici (National Statistics Office) for the provision of the random sample of females stratified by region. Josephine Agius and Anna Carabott at the WPDC Office provided all the necessary logistic assistance. My appreciation to Ms Renee Laiviera, Director, Department for Women in Society, for agreeing to publish this research report in its current format. Copies of the full electronic survey database (as a spreadsheet) are available to anyone interested in further analysis.
ISBN: 9990989117
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