Counting employment barriers in maths and stats

Community leaders warn the pandemic made existing problems wors

Jessica Kasza (Statistical Society of Australia) and Ole Warnaar (Australian Mathematical Society) point to difficult circumstances for people with insecure employment and caring responsibilities, which are a double-burden for women, “in-particular.” People from backgrounds that are under-represented in maths “have seen increased structural barriers” for employment.

“The pandemic has impacted many people from diverse backgrounds in ways that are as varied and nuanced as people are different and nuanced. We exhort colleagues, managers and organisations to genuinely listen, to treat each case, thoughtfully, on its merits, and be prepared to work on suitably varied and nuanced solutions” they write.