A growing number of employers now offer flexible working arrangements, however, the lack of any real legislative power means that many working mothers are still experiencing lesser pay, training and career prospects if they work part-time.
According to Combining work and family life:removing the barriers to women’s progression. Experience from the UK and the Netherlands by Liverpool John Moores University, women make up 44% of the UK labour market and 83% of part-time employees are female. The research also found that staff were dissatisfied with childcare provision in terms of cost and flexibility.
Women working in lower-level, part-time roles, meanwhile, are less likely to be able to access flexible working hours and are obliged to work fixed hours.