Third of mums 'forced back to work for economic reasons'

One in three mums has been forced back into work for financial reasons, according to a new survey. 

One in three mums has been forced back into work for financial reasons, according to a new survey. 

The poll of 2,000 mums by Magnetix Wellness found that one in three has had to cover up money worries from friends and family to avoid awkward or probing questions.

A further one in five confess to simply ‘keeping up appearances’, with 37% admitting to feeling the need to ‘keep up with the Joneses’ and maintain an image not in keeping with their income.

One in six workers have taken on a second job, alongside their primary employment, to cover increasing bills at home.

The survey found that on average it would take just £131 extra a month to turn financial hardship around and make a family feel ‘comfortable’.

Three quarters of mums said it was important to their relationship that they had some financial independence.

The main barriers preventing mums from working were found to be flexibility, with being able to work from home and having a solid support structure also key.

Seven in 10 said the ability to work from home would help them get the balance between being a mum and an employee while bringing in the much needed extra money.

Selling things on eBay, car boot sales and taking side jobs cleaning were among the most common methods turned to for extra cash.





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