PKF to con­duct study on the fe­male par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Mal­tese labour mar­ket

Malta Independent - - BUSINESS -

PKF Malta’s team of econ­o­mists and statis­ti­cians will in the com­ing weeks be con­duct­ing a fol­lowup on a pre­vi­ous study car­ried out by PKF in 2016 on the fe­male par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Mal­tese labour mar­ket.

PKF’s pre­vi­ous study in­di­cated that the main rea­son for women not join­ing the labour mar­ket fol­low­ing child birth, was mainly to raise their chil­dren from the com­fort of their own home. It also tran­spired that the ma­jor­ity of women who opt to stay out of the labour mar­ket pos­sess a high level of ed­u­ca­tion, de­not­ing that the labour mar­ket is suf­fer­ing in terms of both its ca­pa­bil­ity and ca­pac­ity as a re­sult of this phe­nom­e­non, to the detri­ment of eco­nomic growth. The study also de­duced that the main mo­ti­va­tors for re-en­ter­ing the labour mar­ket were fi­nan­cial rea­sons and chil­dren hav­ing grown up. Pop­u­lar solutions amongst the re­spon­dents in­cluded tax re­duc­tions, im­ple­men­ta­tion of the af­ter-hours at more schools, fully sub­sidised trans­port to all ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions and sup­port for fe­male en­trepreneurs with sick chil­dren.

This year, the PKF team will be car­ry­ing out a fol­low-up study through a num­ber of face-to-face in­ter­views in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions with women of a re­pro­duc­tive age to an­a­lyse their views on the var­i­ous con­trib­u­tory fac­tors which en­tice them to re-join the labour force fol­low­ing child birth or their time off taken out of the labour mar­ket to raise their chil­dren. Fol­low­ing the ex­ten­sion of Klabb 3-16 and the im­ple­men­ta­tion of free trans­port for all school­child­ren as from the next scholas­tic year, PKF aims to as­cer­tain whether the same are the mo­ti­va­tional fac­tors are valid and which in­cen­tives would en­cour­age women to stay within the labour force, par­tic­u­larly as they strug­gle to achieve a healthy work-life bal­ance.

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