Singapore’s Minister of Manpower also pointed out that a welcome change in the workplace would be to have greater representation of women on company boards.
Singapore’s female employment rate has remained fairly stable at around 73% in 2020, said Minister of Manpower Josephine Teo.
Layoff rates among men and women were also about the same, she told a virtual workplace gender diversity and inclusion forum, The Straits Times reports.
The minister urged women to continue learning relevant skills to seize future job opportunities.
“I was particularly concerned because the hardest hit sectors, for example accommodation, have a higher representation of women in their workforce,” she said.
“When we analyzed the international environment, it was also very clear that women were disproportionately affected by the pandemic, and…the resulting school closures and lockdowns in many countries” .
“I think it’s more difficult for women because outside of work commitments they often juggle many hats,” she said, adding that “the challenge for women to keep their skills relevant is something that we must not neglect. We must work hard enough for that.
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The Minister also pointed out that a welcome change in the workplace would be to have greater representation of women on company boards. Currently, women in leadership positions make up about 30%, she said.
“But our board representation is around 16%. It has improved but the pace can be much better.