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26 September 2016

Greater flexibility for mothers’ working conditions urged

More than two thirds of mothers who stay at home with young children would go back to work if flexible working around childcare was an option, a new study finds.

A survey of 1,600 mothers reveals more than a third of those in a job would work more hours if they had better childcare arrangements.

The report, by social enterprise group Digital Mums and the Centre for Economics and Business Research, says women could work millions more hours if businesses do more to offer flexible working.

Kathryn Tyler, co-founder of Digital Mums, says women shouldn't have to choose between a rewarding career and motherhood in this day in age.

She said: "While for some mums staying at home is a choice, our report shows that for a larger number their hands are tied because of a lack of flexible work options.

"Shockingly, for those who do find flexible work, it comes at a cost - compromised skills and experience."

Ms Tyler says there is simply no need for businesses to stick to an archaic 9-5 desk policy in today's highly connected world.

"We need a societal shift to embrace flexible working as the 'norm' and not the exception," she added.

The successful business woman is prompting companies to tap into "an amazing talent pool," saying addressing flexible working will ultimately "increase output for the economy".

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