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Jun 3, 2015

Malaysia Working Environment Not Conducive For Married Women, Families - Talentcorp


KUALA LUMPUR: The working environment in our country need to be more conducive to attract more women to retain their jobs, said TalentCorp chief executive officer, Johan Merican.

“As a corporate Malaysia, we need to take measures to ensure that the work environment is conducive to attract and retaining women in employment,” he said in an interview with Astro AWANI.

“The female labour participation rate in Malaysia currently at 53.6 per cent in employment and if we compare the rate with our neighbouring countries, it doesn’t look good,” he added.

He said for the last three decades, the female labour force participation rate has remained at a rather consistent percentage of between 44 per cent and 47 per cent.

He said according to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report in 2013, majority of corporations in Malaysia do not offer family-friendly policies.

“Our Key challenges is how do we get Malaysians employers to take a look at the current situation and how the employment environment needs to be more conducive to make sure women’s retain their job, “said Johan.

Speaking about the flexWorkLife.my, an initiative between the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development and TalentCorp, Johan said it was to facilitate the return of women to the workplace.

The research also stated that working respondents, opined that higher wages, better career prospects and flexible working hours would help women retain their jobs.

“We already have 30 per cent of women in decision making position in finance management.

“We want Malaysia where we able to optimise the full potential of all our Malaysians and ensure that the employers provide the environment that enable women to fulfil their potential,” he added.

The Malaysia Human Development 2013 report also stated that most women quit from their jobs to take care of their children.

Other top reasons for them to quit from workforce include marriage, supporting husbands’ careers and also of husbands request for them to stop working.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim had said that although the government's incentives to encourage employers to set up nurseries at the workplace were well received, but some cannot implement it due to space constraints.

She said among the reasons were the employers did not provide a nursery was that the workplace building did not meet the safety criteria of the fire brigade.

She suggested that employers who could not provide the nurseries at the required levels in the office to rent a nearby location so that parents could send their children there.

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