Half of working mothers need a second job
A new report has found that 56% of working mothers are considering taking on second jobs to help meet rapidly rising living costs.
The Working Mums Report (Powerpoint presentation), commissioned by catalogue company Kleeneze, questioned working mothers across Britain about the challenges they face in juggling home and work commitments and found that the majority are struggling.
The survey revealed:
- 84% of working mothers don’t believe that their income is rising in line with the increasing cost of living.
- 54% of working mothers reduced their employment hours after having children. On average they work 13 hours less per week, reducing their income by £7,929* a year.
- A third of working mothers are less happy in their employment than they were before having children. The main reasons for this are cited as the lack of flexibility around working hours and being unable to spend enough time with their family.
- Just 22% of working mothers are happy with the traditional 9-5 office hours.
- 54% are considering alternative employment that better fits around their family needs.
Jamie Stewart, managing director of catalogue company Kleeneze, said: “Our report shows the pressure that working mums face. They are torn between the desire to be there for their children and providing the income needed to meet the mounting costs of family life.
“This is reflected in the increase in enquiries we’ve received from working mums who want to top up their salary.
“But many are also coming to us because they need more flexibility than their current job offers. They want to be able to work around family life and have the freedom to choose their hours and many companies still don’t cater for their needs.”Interested in joining Kleeneze?