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S5W-19428: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 16 October 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has carried out of the impact that the menopause has on women in employment.

Answered by: Christina McKelvie 13 November 2018

The Scottish Government continues to develop its understanding of the impact of the menopause on women workers. Research reviews such as the UK Government’s Department of Education report: The Effects of Menopause Transition on Women’s Economic Participation in the UK published in July 2017, provides a review of existing research on the impact of the menopause on women in employment.

Also the report to the UK Government: A New Vision for Older Workers: Retain, Retrain, Recruit by Dr Ros Altman CBE, Business Champion for Older Workers (2015), highlighted some of the main issues that women faced. This report was based on discussions within the established UK Business Taskforce, findings from conversations with employers, employees and jobseekers, information gathering meetings and the available research.

The STUC Women’s Committee’s recent survey has also helped greatly by giving access to women’s experience of the menopause in the workplace.


The Scottish Government is working with stakeholder partners such as the Scottish Women’s Convention who will hold a conference in early 2019, funded by the Scottish Government to explore this issue further.