workingmums.co.uk survey analysed by ethnic group

An analysis of working mums.co.uk’s annual survey by ethnicity shows interesting differences when it comes to patterns of working, access to funding and earnings.

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Working mums from ethnic minorities are significantly less likely to work from home than the general population, according to an analysis of the most recent workingmums.co.uk’s annual survey.

The analysis shows 15% of mums from minority groups work from home, compared to 22% of mums generally. Just 13% of mums from Asian/Asian British [AAB] backgrounds work from home, compared to 19% of mums from Black, African or Caribbean [BAC] backgrounds. The figures also show BAC mums are less likely to work in a hybrid way than respondents generally – 16% compared to 26%.

Asian/Asian British women are much less likely to be both self employed and employed than mums from Black, African or Caribbean backgrounds [2% compared to 10%; the general figure is 7%] and much less likely to be self employed than average – 4% compared to 11%. BAC mums are significantly less likely than the general population to be not working – just 15% of BAC mums are not working, compared to 30% generally and 20% of AAB mums. However, they are significantly more likely to be unemployed [23% of BAC mums and 30% of AAB mums are unemployed compared to 9% of respondents generally].

Funding problems

When it comes to setting up a business, 51% of BAC mums plan to start a business, compared to 31% generally and 41% of AAB mums. However, they struggle to get financial backing. BAC mums in particular find it difficult to secure funding – a massive 86% said it was challenging to find funding compared with 40% of AAB mums and 49% of mums generally.

BAC mums were also more likely to have a second job or side hustle – 49% compared to 42% of general respondents.

In terms of flexible working AAB mums were more likely to bring flexible working up at interview than average and both AAB and BAC mums were more likely to have turned down a job for lack of flexible working.

Meanwhile, mums from minority groups were less likely than average to say their mental health had deteriorated in the last year, but BAC mums were more likely to have used a food bank in the last year [28% compared to 21%].

*workingmums.co.uk latest annual survey launches later this week.



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