Lisa Childs not only got her job through Workingmums.co.uk, but she is now recruiting for her replacement as her family is moving across the country.
Lisa, who has three sons aged nine, eight and five, had been helping her friend with administrative work before she applied for her post as resources manager at data services company Jarmany.
Before her eldest son was born she had worked for a property investment company and went back part time in an administrative role after six months of maternity leave. Her company then went into administration when she was on maternity leave with her second child and she then worked part time for property-related companies until she had her third child.
When her youngest was three she started looking for something more permanent than the work she was doing on and off for her friend. “I decided I needed something more structured,” she says.
She wasn’t sure she would be able to find a part-time role that fit with school hours and meant she didn’t lose money through having to pay for childcare. “I thought it would be tricky to find something that fit with everything else in my life,” she says.
She had been looking for a few months before she came across Workingmums.co.uk. She kept checking the jobs on the site and after a while her current job was advertised.
The job is five days a week but in school hours. She says it is the perfect job for a working mum: “It is very convenient all round. The salary is good and it is very flexible.
I work three hours a day and there is a generous holiday package of 25 days off despite the fact I work part time. They also let me take time off for school assemblies.” Jarmany is based in Kingston on Thames which is not far from Lisa’s home in Surrey.
Everything happened very fast after that. Lisa applied on a Monday, was interviewed on the Thursday and asked if she could start the following Monday. That was half term so she managed to get them to agree a start date a few days later. “Within two weeks of applying I had started the job,” she says.
Since then she has been able to develop her role significantly. It was initially very administration-based and more like an office manager position. One of the company’s two directors used to do all the finance and Lisa has been able to take some of that work off him, including doing the payroll. “It is now a better, juicier role,” she says.
She hadn’t planned to leave, but the family made a decision that living in Somerset, where they have friends, would offer their children more space and a better childhood. They have been able to buy a house with no mortgage after selling their home in Surrey. They plan to downsize their outgoings once they get there, but Lisa hopes eventually to look for a job once the children are settled in school.
For now she is spending many weekends in Somerset getting everything in order for the move and also advertising her job – once again on Workingmums.co.uk.
“We are looking for someone to pick up the baton,” she says.
“It’s quite a varied role mixing HR, finance and administration. It can be hard to find candidates with that range of experience, but working mums often have that and want to work the part-time hours required. It works both ways – for mums wanting part-time work and employers wanting the kind of experience they offer.”