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'Women to dominate workplace by 2033'

02 Oct 2008

'Women to dominate workplace by 2033' The move toward soft-skills in the workplace will make women more employable and improve equal opportunities, according to new research.

Commissioned by Microsoft Windows Mobile, the study reveals that lateral thinking, collaboration and flexibility coupled with creativity will be the most sought after traits in prospective employees, it has been reported.

The Future Laboratory (FL), which conducted the survey found that the use of female-oriented skills will become a major part of British business over the next 25 years, according to Onrec.com.

FL's study also shows women feel they will find it easier to compete in the workplace as a result of the continued development of mobile technology, allowing them to work from home, the news provider states.

Jemma Harris, mobile working expert at Microsoft, told the website: "Soft skills will reign supreme in the UK workplace over the next 25 years."

"As these skills and creativity become the currency for tomorrow’s economy," she added.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has claimed it is proactive when it comes to hiring women, reports Australian IT.

The company's Australian managing director Tracey Fellows said they try to have at least one woman short-listed for every position in the company.

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