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Bias and inflexible work hinders SA women

AAP logoAAP 7/09/2016

Women in South Australia are being held back by unconscious beliefs and a lack of flexible work arrangements, SA business leaders say.

A poll conducted by nine prominent SA businessmen has found inflexible work arrangements and an unconscious bias against women were the greatest barriers to gender equity in the state.

To mark equal pay day on Thursday, the Chiefs for Gender Equity group is urging the state government and SA businesses to even the playing field for each sex.

They say doing so will help make the state more productive and competitive.

KPMG SA chair Con Tragakis says businesses that let employees balance work and caring duties are more likely to keep good staff.

"I take a few hours out each week to help coach my child's soccer club and I think that helps to instil the message that working flexibly is OK no matter what job title you hold," he said.

The poll was conducted at major companies including KPMG, Westpac, the University of Adelaide and SA Power Networks.

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