By Joanna Roughton.
Well ladies, it’s not getting any easier.
As I sit writing this blog on the eve of International Women’s Day, I’m staring at two fiercely contradictory studies, both published in the space of a few days.
One hails from one of the ‘big four’ accountancy firms – PwC – the book-keepers formerly known as PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
It states that Britain’s economy could get a £170bn boost if only it were able to mimic Scandanavian levels of female workplace participation.
Specifically, stuffy, patriarchal Blighty, could witness a nine per cent increase in GDP if female employment rose to match Sweden’s.
In a country, like the UK, which has a problem getting its productivity up, that is a hefty hike in nationwide wealth. You can see why the Treasury is so keen to keep changing rules on tax and benefits to encourage more of us to ditch the apron and…