Engineers back job share for [Australia] women

Kim Macdonald – West Australian – 22 January 2013 (originally published 17 Jan)

Helen Pedersen
Helen Pedersen, Engineers Australia, WA president. Image: The West Australian ©

The newly-elected president of the WA division of Engineers Australia has called for FIFO-style job sharing on St Georges Terrace to help retain females in the profession.

Helen Pedersen said FIFO mine engineers enjoyed the “ultimate job share arrangement” because they performed defined roles with brief handover periods, allowing different people to fill one job every second fortnight.

Ms Pedersen, a structural engineer with Sinclair Knight Merz in Perth, said many women did not return to the profession after maternity leave because there were relatively few part-time jobs available in the metropolitan area . . .

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