Men and women swap traditional workplace roles

The number of women business and financial professionals has surged by 41,000 in the last three years – a rise of 61 per cent.

Companies are also recruiting increasing numbers of male receptionists as a report into the latest employment trends reveals a narrowing of the gender gap within some occupations.

Women also have a larger presence in IT, with figures for female computer analysts and programmers rising by 30 per cent.

The number of male receptionists and telephonists has gone up by 56 per cent.

The report, Employment Now – 1 million more people in work, was launched by Employment Minister Tessa Jowell at the TUC conference in Glasgow last week.

It revealed there are more women in the workforce than ever before. The employment of women has grown by 4.2 per cent compared with 3.5 per cent among men.

Employment levels in childcare and related occupations showed larger increases than any other group, although the highest percentage growth was in sales jobs.

Jowell said, “There are now around a million people in Britain employed in jobs based on information and communication technology.”

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