New survey reveals that 73% of Mothers are considering retraining for a new career that fits their lifestyle *83% want a job that better fits their lives as parents.
A new survey has revealed that ‘back to work’ mothers in the UK are looking beyond salary and ‘benefits’ for careers that better suit their busy lives as parents.
The research, commissioned by award-winning online educational platform New Skills Academy, found that 93% of mothers had returned to work, or were planning to. 75% have returned to the same job or profession – but a whopping 82% are now considering changing their careers and 73% are considering retraining.
A significant factor in the decision to switch professions is childcare – and wanting to spend more time with children. The survey showed that 45% want a job with more flexible hours and 34% want a job with shorter working hours.
· 93% said flexible working hours were important or very important;
· 80% said that the option to work part time is important or very important;
· 98% said that an understanding boss who recognised the need to take time off for school events, or poorly children is important or very important;
· 90% said ability to work locally – or from home is important or very important.
Meanwhile, the New Skills Academy research also looked at what mums would ideally like to retain to do. It found that 16% of mothers would like to become a Teaching Assistant, followed closely by Shop Owner at 15%. Midwife and Personal/Executive Assistant roles came next at 10% and 6%, respectively.
It’s also clear that the UK has a lot of budding Agatha Christies, with Crime Novel Writer an unexpected entry at 13%.
Other careers that interested mums returning to work after having children included: –
Discussing the findings, Dan Morgan, Co-Owner at New Skills Academy said:
“Returning back to work after having children can often be a difficult time for a parent. It’s during this moment that many feel it’s the right time to consider a new career – often one that offers greater flexibility and more time with the little ones.”