Mum’s the Word for Flexible Working

 

We need a societal shift to embrace flexible working as the ‘norm’ and not the exception.

Kathryn Tyler, Digital Mums

A new study from Digital Mums and the Centre for Economics and Business Research claims that 68% of stay-at-home mothers with young children would go back to work if more flexible working options were available.

While for some  mothers, staying at home is a choice, their research suggests that a much larger number would like to have the option to go back to work but are prevented by a lack of flexible working options.

The research also highlights the potential impact this has on the UK economy. If more flexible work options were available, the associated increase in participation of Stay-at-Home and working mothers living with children aged 18 and under could provide an additional 66 million hours worked each week – the equivalent of a boost to the UK economy of £62.5 billion.

It also found that mothers return to occupations that do not make the most of their skills and experience in order to combine work and parenting. Over three-fifths of respondents to the research survey felt that their skills and experience had been compromised in some way in order to find a flexible job that fitted around childcare.

The findings are based on combined data from the Labour Force Survey , and a Digital Mums commissioned online survey of over 1,600 mothers living with children aged 18 and Introduction 07 under, which was conducted by YouGov between the 3rd – 11th August 2016.

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