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News & EventsNEWS - 11 April 2006 - More mothers shun work to spend time with their families
Increasing numbers of mothers do not want to go out to work because they prefer to stay at home with their children, figures suggest.
Research for the Government found that more than half of mothers who do not work (53 per cent) said it was because they wanted to be with their children - a rise of five per cent on 2003. One in seven said the cost of child care was instrumental in their decision.
Among mothers who worked less than 16 hours a week, 64 per cent said that wanting to be with their children stopped them working longer hours, a rise of 14 per cent on 2003.
Again, one in seven mothers working only part-time cited the cost of child care as their reason, a rise of six per cent on last year. More: www.telegraph.co.uk
NEWS - Culture change needed as prejudice against parents dominates UK workplace
Parent prejudice continues to dominate workplaces up and down the country, according to research launched to mark this Thursday's 'Bring Your Children to Work Day'. A survey by consultancy Accenture of more than 1,300 employees who returned to work after having a child, reveals that one in five feel it has had a negative impact on their career.
Women are still hit the hardest, having three times as many negative experiences as men, the research shows. While many employers extol the virtues of flexible working, many parents do not feel comfortable coming in late, leaving early or attending school events. Even taking time off when their child is unwell is something that 59% of respondents feel uncomfortable doing.
Parents are united on calling for more support from both government (60%) and employers (58%) to ease the burden of balancing work and family life.
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