According to the research carried out by Netmums, 44% of British mothers who are looking for part-time work after having a child feel as though they were forced into taking a role below their skill level because they could not work full-time.
Women on a low to middle income also cited the high cost of childcare and longer average working hours as reasons as to why sometimes it is not financially worthwhile to seek employment. Almost half of the women surveyed said they couldn’t find a position which fitted in their caring responsibilities.
Co-founder of Netmums Sally Russell believes that employers are wasting a huge amount of talent by forcing mums into work that is significantly below their skill level.
“It’s unbelievable that women are encouraged to climb the career ladder only to be forced back to the lowest rung when they have children.” She said.
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