The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) is an EU agency working to make gender equality a reality in the EU and beyond. For this, it provides research, data and good practices by producing studies and collecting statistics. Through this study we were tasked by EIGE with the identification of good practices and development of a business case on work-life balance measures in the ICT sector.
The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) is a Vilnius-based agency of the EU. The vision of EIGE is to make equality between women and men a reality for all Europeans and beyond. To realise this, EIGE was created to become the knowledge centre and the front-runner in developing reliable evidence, collecting knowledge, sharing useful experiences and expertise on gender equality.
The main aim of the study was to contribute to improved knowledge on strategies to promote better and wider participation of women in the labour market and greater development and implementation of work life balance policies and practices, with specific focus on the ICT sector.
The aim was also to explore whether correlation exists between available work-life balance policies at the level of workplaces, and the overall number of women in the ICT sector.
The project also intended to find and show evidence that the development of work life balance measures is beneficial for the whole organisation and community, women and men, employers and employees, citizens and policy makers, in terms of social and professional growth. The study, furthermore, also aimed at:
1. delivering a Business Case for the design and implementation of work life balance provisions in the ICT sector;
2. identifying 10 good practices in general to make the ICT sector more attractive to women and boost their participation in ICT jobs.
The methodology that was adopted to undertake the study and produce the 10 Good practices, as well as the Business Case has been broken down into different stages: formulating of research objectives, goals and questions; conducting literature review; selecting forms of data collection; collecting primary and secondary data; conducting interviews; analysing collected data and information; writing of the final documents of the study.
The research focused on all of the countries of the European Union. To cover the countries the WorkLife HUB recruited and coordinated the work of 26 National Researchers and 2 Senior Researchers. The day-to-day management of the study included:
The final documents of the 'Supporting work life balance and addressing women’s underrepresentation in the labour market: approaches and good practices in ICT sector' study will be made available on the EIGE website soon.