In the past few months in Britain, an unprecedented interest has been shown by The Government in the promotion of new opportunities for women to enter or re‐enter the labour market in the 1990‘s. This relatively sudden renewal of interest in equal opportunities derives from the anticipated reduction of labour supply of young people in the 1990’s. As Mr. John Patten, Home Office Minister colourfully argued “a demographic time bomb (is) ticking away under employers”(1). Due to a fall in the birth rate, the number of school leavers will fall by between 20% and 25% from 1991–1995(2).
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