Telework For Life-Work Reconciliation In EU -

Background and objectives

Although female participation in the labour market has increased, almost one woman in five aged 25-64 is outside the labour market, half of them due to family reasons. It is obvious that one of the latest employment trends has become part-time employment. Among women, however, this is linked to the unequal distribution of caring responsibilities between men and women. Two thirds of women consider “looking after children” and “other family and personal reasons” as their motivation opting for a part-time job, while these are reasons for only 14% of men.

Indeed, flexible working arrangements can provide benefits to both employers and employees, and in particular they can help to increase labour market participation of women.

Activities and outcomes

The project aims at encouraging women’s participation in the labour market by:

  • promoting the teleworking option
  • providing with essential transversal skills and key competences on teleworking
  • promoting the teleworking option at institutional level, as workplace flexibility programme, and its potential benefits to the company

As final outcome, the results of the previous “Telework for the life-work reconciliation of Spanish women” project will be transferred and extended on EU level. It will be converted into an authentic training repository and enriched with EU perspectives and a great range of instruments and resources, collected from different national sources of experience, mainly coming from the 6 European partner countries (Spain, Austria, Greece, Bulgaria, United Kingdom and Romania).

EU-Program: LLP, Leonardo da Vinci TOI
Coordination: Unión General de Trabajadores de Euskadi (ESP)
Contact: Karin Kronika
Duration: October 2011 – September 2013
Website: www.women-in.eu
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.