‘Mums with a disability more affected by cost of living crisis’

An analysis of the figures from working mums.co.uk’s annual survey shows disabled parents are more likely to work from home, more likely to have side hustles and more likely to use a food bank.

Woman with disabilities working from home

 

General statistics can only give you a partial picture about how important things like flexible working are to working parents. Workingmums.co.uk drilled down into its annual survey* figures to see how particular groups are affected, for instance, if they are single parents, age, if they have a big family, if they do more than one job and if they have a disability. The results make for interesting reading.

When it comes to disability, we found that mums with a disability were more likely to be working on a self-employed basis or combining self-employed and employed work [26% compared to 18%]. They were also more likely to be working from home [28% vs 22%], although the numbers were fairly even when it came to hybrid working.  However, hybrid workers who had a disability were more likely to feel they did not work enough days at home [ 26% vs 18%].

Mums with a disability tended to work fewer hours in employment, with 44% working between 10 and 20 hours, which would be in line with some benefits entitlements at the time. 62% who worked part time felt they had been sidelined, compared to 40% in the survey generally.

Cost of living crisis

Reflecting the impact of the cost of living crisis, 63% had increased their hours as a result, compared to 41% generally, and 59% had a ‘side hustle’, compared to 42% generally.  59% had changed job to get more money in the months before taking the survey, compared to 29% generally.  Half of mums with a disability had used a food bank in the last year [the figure generally was 21%] and 73% said their mental health had worsened in the last year, compared to 48% generally, with money one of the leading causes.

Mums with a disability were also more likely to be considering setting up a business than others, with flexibility being a key issue. 45% were considering it [compared to 31% generally].

When it comes to attitudes to flexible working, mums with a disability were more likely to investigate an employer’s flexible working policy before applying than mums generally – 87% against 82%. However, they were slightly less likely to bring the subject up at interview. For 76% flexible working was a deal breaker when it came to accepting a job [compared to 73% generally]. 62% had turned own a job due to a lack of flexible working [52% generally] and 66% had left a job when flexible working was taken away [compared to 55% generally].

Mums with a disability were also more likely to say they had experienced a backlash against equality, diversity and inclusion at their workplace in the last year – 47% said this, compared to 22% of general respondents.

*Workingmums.co.uk’s last annual survey results were published in September 2023. The next annual survey will launch this month.

 

 



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