According to this new report, Britain’s ever increasing numbers of working mothers have found that their current work situation ‘cannot accommodate family life’, and are of the opinion that their only option is to find a different type of career.When questioned about their plans to fix the problem, many answered that they would like to set-up their own business ‘to give them better control of working hours.’
The report, from the family website Netmums.com and the beauty firm Avon, questioned more than 2,200 working mothers and, of those, more than 1/2 worked full-time in a traditional office-based job which involves working nine to five, or even longer hours. All of them had children still at home, most had children under the age of seven and a fifth had a baby under 12-months-old.
The question put to the women was: ‘Do you plan to leave your current job because you can’t juggle career demands with family life?’
Siobhan Freegard, co-founder of Netmums.com, said: ‘Many mums need to work but, more importantly the majority want to work for the financial freedom and sense of achievement they get from having a successful livelihood. From the reams of messages on our site, we know how frustrated mums feel when they aren’t getting that work-life balance right.
‘Employers should take some responsibility in helping mums achieve their flexibility goals, which would help to maximise their potential to the benefit of both parties.’
Official figures show that the number of working mothers has rocketed over the last 30 years and, at the minute, workers can ask to work flexibly, such as three-day week or a job-share with another worker, if they have a child aged 16 or under or a disabled child under 18. The application can, however, be rejected as long as the employer has a ‘good business reason’ for the decision.