Stat of the month: Maternal Instincts

33% - the proportion of working mums wanting to quit their job

Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

According to the Department for Children, Schools and Families, a third of working mothers wish to quit their job and stay at home to rear their offspring - contrary to government claims that more mothers would work if affordable childcare was more available.

Certainly, the UK is no easy place to be a working mother. The long-hours culture and lack of flexibility raise concerns about the effect on family life when a mother does decide to return to work - not to mention the consequences for her own career and pay. But she is more inclined to go back to a job if surrounded by women. The research found that mothers employed in a mainly female workforce are more likely to return to work than those surrounded by men (88% versus 63%).

Women may be choosing to give up work not because they'd rather stay at home, but because they want to work on their own terms. Working mothers increasingly shun corporate life to start up family-friendly businesses. And what about men? Surprisingly, the report didn't poll dads to see how many would rather stay at home with the kids than toil away in an office five days a week.

- Source: Department for Children, Schools and Families

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