Is this the real price of motherhood Women can't find good part-time jobs on return to work
One of the biggest problems facing working mothers, posed by model above, is the cost of childcare in the UK
Mothers are being forced to accept badly paid, low-skilled jobs after having children because there are so few decent part-time jobs in Britain, a report warns today.
The research warns women are paying a ‘shockingly high price for motherhood’ because bosses offer either well-paid full-time jobs – or poor quality part-time work.
The report, from the think-tank, the Resolution Foundation, and the parenting website, Netmums, said British women face ‘one of the highest part-time pay penalties in Europe.’
Around 1,600 mothers, who work part-time, were quizzed by researchers.
Before having their children, more than 90 per cent had worked full-time.
After their children were born, they wanted to continue working, typically part-time, but were shocked and frustrated by the quality of jobs which were available.
One said: ‘I have had to take an evening job in a call centre as there was no opportunity for part-time work or a job share with the design and marketing industry.
‘I have a degree and also reached a managerial level prior to having children.
Many mothers want to return to work part-time but were frustrated by the lack of opportunities available. Picture above posed by model
‘However, due to a lack of opportunities, all that was available was part-time work at a much lower level.’
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Many women did not want to work full-time because they wanted to be more involved in the important early years of raising their children, but resented the poor part-time opportunities.
Sally Russell, co-founder of Netmums, said: ‘It is unbelievable that women are encouraged to climb the career ladder only to be forced back to the lowest rung when they have children.’
The report said many women ‘move down the occupational ladder’ when they switch to part-time work, and the move is irreversible.
As a result, they lose ‘a significant amount of income’, the report reveals. Many are forced into the so-called ‘five Cs’ – clerical, cleaning, caring, cashiering and catering.
One of the biggest problems facing women is the crippling cost of childcare in this country.
On average, parents spend a third of their net household income on childcare in Britain, compared to an average of 13 per cent in other major economies, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Vidhya Alakeson, director of research at the Resolution Foundation, said: ‘It is bad news for the living standards of households, already struggling in the current climate.’
Official figures show there are 5.8million women working part-time in Britain, compared to 7.7million women working full-time.
It comes as a think-tank, the Social Market Foundation, is calling for parents to be allowed to borrow up to 10,000 from the Government to help pay for their childcare.
The money, from the so-called National Childcare Contribution Scheme, would be repaid on a monthly basis through the tax system to help parents overcome the ‘huge financial burden of childcare.’