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Title: Career trends in selected large organisations for women accountants : a study
Authors: Camilleri, Dawn
Keywords: Work-life balance
Women -- Employment -- Malta
Accountants -- Malta
Issue Date: 2015
Abstract: Purpose – This study aims to assess the major barriers and challenges currently faced by women accountants aiming to be engaged into establishing a career in large organisations in Malta. In particular, to ascertain and analyse the major factors affecting the work-life balance of women accountants in such organisations. Design – Semi-structured interviews were carried out with eight practising women accountants, backed-up by a questionnaire conducted with the interviewees’ female colleagues who are also practising accountants. Additionally, semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight HR managers representing their employer, and one with the Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties. The interviews were used to obtain various views in relation to how the women accountants are affected by the workplace and how both private employers and the government are incentivising women to progress further in their career path. Findings – The study established that the concept of work-life balance is getting more attention. Practising women accountants mostly agreed that flexibility is of utmost importance. Indeed, both the employers and government are creating more flexible work-arrangements and family-friendly policies. These structures will allow practising women accountants to continue developing their potential without being impeded by personal life obstacles. Such structures will prove to be not only beneficial for women but also for the society at large. Conclusion – The study concludes that both the employers and the government need to further address work-life balance issues in order to incentivise women to progress further in their career path. Moreover, women need to publicly share their work-life experience so as to act a role model for younger generations. Value – It is envisaged that this study will highlight the importance of retaining women members of the accountancy profession in the workforce to reap the benefits of their expertise and other attributes.
Description: M.ACCTY.
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacEma - 2015
Dissertations - FacEMAAcc - 2015

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