Businesses that are trying to resolve gender imbalance in the workplace could be losing up to 60% of their talent among female employees.

This is according to a 2021 Women’s Report following a study to which the University of Stellenbosch has contributed.

The report has found that recruitment managers have negative perceptions of the commitment and competence of women who take a break in their careers to look after children in their formative years.

The university’s business school’s Lunga Tukani says gender discrimination is unconstitutional.

“Negative perceptions do exist despite there being employment legislation which seeks to create women or anybody for that matter against discrimination. So Section 6 of the Employment Equity Act says for example that no one should discriminate against any employee from recruitment, but we did find that these negative perceptions do exist. The main contributor is the tension that exist between what an ideal employee is and what is a good mother.”

VIDEO: Tukani is interviewed about the 2021 Women’s Report: