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More flexible working would help women to increase their hours and stay in work, according to a new think tank report from the Centre for Progressive Policy.
Women in the UK are providing more than twice as much unpaid childcare per year as men (23.2 billion hours vs. 9.7 billion hours) as well as spending more time caring for adults than men, according to a report by the Centre for Progressive Policy.
The think tank’s latest report, What Women Want, finds that 830,000 women who provide care for an adult are unable to work entirely on account of their care responsibilities and that:
The report says that millions of women want to work more hours, if only they had more flexible working opportunities. 45% of women who care for others said they would be able to take on more hours, while around one in five (20%) said they would be able to take on a new role. 14% said they would be able to take on a different job, potentially suggesting that new opportunities could become available.
What Women Want shows that more flexible working, combined with better care support, would deliver significant benefits to women, boosting the earnings of female carers by £28.4bn per annum, delivering new working opportunities for up to 5 million women and an overall boost to the UK economy of over £60bn per annum.
The report’s recommendations include calls to: