A survey of nearly 20,000 mothers and pregnant women carried out last year showed that 72% of working mothers have had to work fewer hours in the lockdown period because of childcare issues.
As 81% of working mums report needing childcare in order to be able to work, lack of childcare facilities and the lack of flexible working hours for many, has had a huge impact. As lockdown restrictions ease, school and childcare accessibility should improve (although this will be of limited immediate benefit to the number of mums who have been made redundant during the period).
81% of working mums rely on childcare in order to be able to work
In particular, the lockdown period has demonstrated the viability of flexible working in many office-based jobs - both in terms of timetabling and working from home. Prior to lockdown, many women on our maternity coaching programmes expressed frustration and dismay at the lack of flexible working options available to them. This has led many women to opt for part-time working or to change jobs entirely.
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