‘Majority of mums looking to move job in next year’

workingmums.co.uk’s annual survey shows many mums are looking for new jobs to boost their pay, but they need to be flexible.

Person Jumping From One Job To Another

Person Jumping From One Job To Another With Slightly Higher Pay

Over half of working mums (55%) want to earn more money by finding a new job in the next year and two thirds (68%) feel that their careers have stalled due to having kids, according to workingmums.co.uk’s annual survey.

The survey of over 2,000 mums shows 90% have not received a pay rise in line with inflation and 58% are looking to move jobs, increase their hours or do an additional job to increase their pay.

Financially, mums are struggling, with 7% of mums admitting to using a foodbank in the last year, doubling to 15% for single parents. 49% of mums have revealed that they are shouldering debts of between £1-20k as we head further into the cost of living crisis.

Pay has been revealed as the biggest retention driver for mums today, but flexible working remains a dealbreaker for most mums (74%).

A quarter of mums have had flexible working taken away from them since the pandemic and 42% left their job as a result. When applying for new jobs, 86% would look at the flexible working policy of an employer before applying, and 77% would ask about flexible working at interviews. 75% of mums attribute this new confidence in asking for flexible working to the pandemic.

Mandy Garner, spokesperson for workingmums.co.uk said: “With inflation increasing, many mums are often caught in a trap where they need to increase their earnings, but can’t find the quality flexible jobs that enable them to do so. Flexible working is a standout deal breaker for mums and is a key reason for them to leave their roles and find new ones.”

Mental health support is another much-needed benefit; 55% of mums admitted that their mental health has deteriorated since Covid-19. 47% of mums felt that their employers currently offer good support for their mental health, and the impact of this is lasting, with 73% of these mums saying that they are more likely to stay in their roles as a result.  Enhanced maternity pay is also very important, with 61% of mums more likely to return to their role after having children if this benefit was in place.

Garner continued: “It’s crucial that employers start to advertise the policies that matter openly. Mums are looking to work flexibly around childcare challenges and want benefits and a work support system that puts their health and well-being first. Being open about these policies will ensure employers put their best foot forwards when hiring top talent.”



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