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WOMEN AT WORK: Employers urged to help women workers experiencing menopause


WOMEN AT WORK: The Government is urging employers to do more help female workers deal with the menopause.

Ministers said action was needed as almost one in four women cut short their careers because of the menopause.

Employment minister Mims Davies said support was available through a network of specialist advisers known as 50 Plus champions.

They help employers retain workers over the age of 50, including women experiencing the menopause.

Research shows the average woman takes 32 weeks of leave in her career due to the menopause, which can lead to long-term unemployment, said the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Mr Davies said: “We’re losing too many talented and experienced women from our workforce far too early, and we know we can and must change it.

“Our new and expanded DWP team of Older Worker Champions is there to help. I urge employers to make the most of their knowledge and local links to help us retain women’s skills and expertise and support them through this transition.”

50 Plus champion for north Lincolnshire, Anne Brewster, said: “This is an issue that’s often not given enough attention but can be devastating for people.

“Work is good for our health. It is a pity to lose good staff without perhaps knowing the reason why or what can be done to keep them.”

The DWP said figures released last week revealed the number of over-50s on payrolls had increased by almost a quarter of a million compared with a year ago, but the number of women in work was still consistently behind men for every year after 50.

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