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Gingerbread calls for more action to address barriers to single parents finding well paid, flexible work that allows progression.
Single parents are being unfairly blocked from career progression by factors outside of their control, including a lack of affordable childcare and having to work part time, according to a new report from Gingerbread.
Gingerbread’s report, Held Back: single parents and in-work progression in London, highlights a number of barriers that are preventing single parents from progressing in their jobs.
The five interconnected barriers preventing single parents from progressing in their jobs and meaning 49% face financial hardship are:
Laura Dewar, Gingerbread Policy Officer said: “Almost all single parents are in work or want to work but our report shows many are being held back in their careers due to structural barriers which trap them in lower paid jobs. These blocks mean single parents are missing out on more senior roles and businesses are overlooking an untapped pool of talent. With some simple, practical changes, the UK economy could really benefit from valuable skills and the lives of many single parent families could be improved.”
Gingerbread is calling on the government to:
It is also calling on employers to use their appraisal system to encourage single parents within their workforce to consider progression and to offer coaching to build the confidence of single parents, enabling them to progress.