Employers are missing out on a huge pool of talent by failing to offer flexible working, according to a new survey by www.workingmums.co.uk.
The survey of over 600 mothers reveals that whilst the majority put flexibility as their top priority when searching for jobs, an astounding 90% felt it was difficult to find the flexibility they needed and 83% said that is was hard to find flexible work that utilised their skills.
The survey showed that mothers are hungry for work and often have an impressive range of skills and experience to offer employees but feel that there is a distinct lack of opportunities to utilise them.
Over two thirds of those not working said they wanted to work but just didn’t see why they should settle for jobs that did not meet their level of experience in order to get the flexibility they wanted. Additionally over half felt employers were not sympathetic to mothers and 86% believed flexible positions paid less.
The survey carried out by www.WorkingMums.co.uk, a leading jobsite for professional women looking for flexible, part-time, office and home-based job opportunities, was run to find out what working women thought about returning to work after having a baby.
Candidate profiles on Workingmums.co.uk show a wealth of talent and years of experience that could be tapped should the right jobs be made available. These include finance directors, women who have run their own businesses, commissioning editors, corporate lawyers, financial analysts and marketing heads.
Some employers are realising the potential that others are missing out on. Alex Cheatle, managing director of lifestyle management company Ten UK, says he has built his business around flexible workers, many of whom are working mothers based across the UK who he employs working from home.
He says: “For us time management is critical as is the ability to multi-task. Mums are great at managing time as they are used to keeping unmovable deadlines and to doing many things at once. Additionally working from home works for us, it means we can get someone with local knowledge cost effectively and efficiently.”