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Menopause at Work

8th January 2020

CIPD research confirms that nationally women over the age of 50 are the fastest growing segment of the workforce, and most women will go through the menopause during their working lives. ACAS research shows that most women over 50 will have, or have had, perimenopausal or menopausal symptoms that affect their work. For one in three the symptoms will be severe. For one in four the symptoms will be mild.

The 2018 school workforce census shows us that teaching is a female-dominated workforce. 74 % of teachers are women and 27% of women teachers are aged over 45. The demographic structure of the school workforce means that a significant portion of the workforce will be affected by the symptoms of the menopause in the course of their daily duties.

We have summarised the key messages included in the wealth of guidance available from  the CIPD, ACAS and the LGA in our new practical wellbeing topic The Menopause at Work