Mums say more post-maternity flexible working options needed

More than 75% of women polled in Scotland say employers should offer more flexible working opportunities to return-to-work mums 

Fifty-five per cent of mums who have recently returned to work from maternity leave feel their careers have taken a backwards or sideways step, according to new research.
Sixty-three per cent wish they could work from home and 83% feel more flexible working opportunities should be made available for mothers returning to the workplace, found the study carried out by conveyancing specialist My Home Move, whose national network of conveyancers allows experienced residential property agents to work from home and set their own hours to fit around childcare commitments.
  • Seventy-five per cent of respondents in Scotland agreed they have found it difficult to juggle childcare commitments and work since returning after maternity leave 
  • More than 75% of those polled in Scotland feel employers should offer more flexible working opportunities to mums looking to return to work 
  • Forty-nine per cent of those in Scotland say their career has taken a backward or sideways step after taking time out to have children.
My Home Move CEO Doug Crawford said: “Our research also revealed that 74% of mums who recently returned to work have found it difficult to juggle work and child care commitments.
“To us it’s very simple; a happy employee is a productive employee and the success of our business is intrinsically linked to providing our staff with a great place to work.”
Earlier this year the Government announced an extra £5 million would be made available for ‘returnships’ – to help those returning to work after long career breaks. When asked if people thought ‘returnships’ would help ordinary mums who had taken a career break to return to the workplace, 54% responded yes, with 16% saying they weren’t aware of the scheme.
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