Facts about menopause in the workplace

 
 
  • The average age of menopause in the U.K is 51; however it can occur much earlier for some women.
  • Symptoms of the menopause which often begin in the early 40’s can be varied and usually last for between 4 and 8 years.
  • 75% of women experience symptoms, 25% experience debilitating symptoms.
  • In the UK there are around 4.3 million women aged 50 and over in employment (ONS 2015). Their employment participation rate rose by 3.2 percentage points between 1994 and 2014 (ONS 2015)
  • Women are working in greater numbers than ever before. In the UK, between January and March 2017, just over 70% of women were in paid employment (Office for National Statistics/ONS 2017)
  • Women make up 47% of the UK workforce (Griffiths, Cox, Griffiths and Wong 2006; Kopenhager and Guidozzi 2015).
  • Studies have shown that menopause symptoms can have a significant impact on attendance and performance in the workplace.
  • The recent study from the Government Equalities Office contained a conservative estimate that the absence of these 174,200 women aged between 50 and 54 cost the economy at least £7.3million in “absence-related costs.
  • The 2016 Wellbeing of Women survey revealed that 25% of women currently going through the menopause had considered leaving work because of their experiences.
  • Two thirds of women going through the menopause say they have no support in place at work.
  • By 2020 it is estimated that 1 in 3 British workers will be over 50.
  • Increased rates of employment among women aged 50 and above mean more working women than ever before will experience the menopause.