A little later than anticipated, but this week we’re heading back into our Women and Work Series with Gillian, an Associate Director from East Lothian. If you missed the last instalment in the blog series, where we met Amy, you can catch up with it in here.
Women and Work is a series all about finding out what women’s thoughts on the workplace, childcare and gender inequality when it comes to the payscale. Let’s jump straight in to see what Gillian had to say.
Whereabouts in the UK are you and are you working at the moment?
I’m based in East Lothian in Scotland and I’m an Associate Director, Study Start Up & Regulatory.
Have you had to reconsider your career choices in the last five years?
Do you have children and if so, how has having them impacted on your career?
Having kids hasn’t overly impacted on my career, if anything the upside is that I can’t work as many hours as I used to.
What do you think about the current situation for female employees with children?
I’ve been fortunate really that in my line of work I’ve not had to think about it.
Have you ever experienced any hardships or challenges at work due to having children?
I have to travel with work which is a challenge as I’m a single parent, so I often have to organise babysitting cover.
Do you think
I think it totally depends on your manager on how much support and understanding they offer you.
Do you think there are equal opportunities for women to succeed at work?
In my line of work, I feel that there are, as we have many females in high positions who have children themselves.
However, in many workplaces, the flexible hours are not as flexible as I would like. Companies allow you to work 4 days a week and you can lose a day’s pay, but are not willing to allow compressed hours to stay on the same salary and have one less working day. I did request this but was refused.
What are your thoughts on the gender pay gap issue?
I do think there are gender pay gap issues but I do think it is in certain vocations more than others. I have no personal experience of the problem though.
How has your attitude towards your work and career changed over the last five years?
I now realise that work is not as important to me as it was and I have no interest at this time in progressing up the corporate ladder. I used to work on my days off but now when I’m off I don’t think about work as I am focused on my children and I’m a lot happier.
What are your thoughts on Gillian’s comments? I’d love to know if you agree with any of the points she’s made. Or if you disagree, I’d like to hear about that too!