Who benefits? The difficulties for women in making the transistion from unemployment to self-employment

Who benefits? The difficulties for women in making the transistion from unemployment to self-employment
Document type
Report
Author(s)
Marlow, Dr Susan; Westall, Andrea; Watson, Erika
Publisher
New Economics Foundation
Date of publication
1 October 2003
Subject(s)
Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business, Small business & enterprise: the practicalities of running a small business and the theory of entrepreneurship
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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This paper reveals that despite recent reforms, the benefit system is still biased towards a traditional model of male unemployment and full-time employment. The result is a benefit system that is unable to adequately support the transition from unemployment to self employment and is particularly inappropriate in dealing with the relatively greater flexibility of many women’s part-time or temporary employment and self-employment needs. This is problematic given the need for many women to accommodate caring responsibilities. When these issues are linked to the greater difficulties women have in creating successful self employment opportunities and growing businesses, there is a serious need to address how the benefit system can become more responsive to flexible needs. There also needs to be a more thoughtful and considered response to the informal economy and how this supports women

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