Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, it’s been pretty hard to miss the #WorkThatWorks movement that has been sweeping the UK this week. Everyone’s talking about it, from Mother Pukka to the Huffington Post and Femail.
The campaign is the brainchild of Digital Mums, the awesome social enterprise, that is aiming to bring awareness to the lack of flexible working for mothers in the UK. Its #WorkThatWorks report issued this week reveals that a whopping £62.5 billion could be injected into the UK economy if it was possible for stay-at-home-mums and working mums to work more. And to be able to work more they need to be able to access flexible working. Something that is sadly lacking as common practice amongst many UK companies.
Here are some of the staggering stats from the report and why, here at Hatch Social, we are fully behind families finding #WorkThatWorks:
- 7 in 10 (68%) of the stay-at-home mums surveyed said they they would go back to work if flexible working around childcare was an option
- 6 in 10 working mums still do not have access to flexible working (despite a government legislation back in 2014 that allows everyone the legal right to request it)
- 55% of mums who have found a flexible job say they have compromised their skills and experience and taken a more junior role just to make it work
- Only 14% of mums felt their skills hadn’t been - or wouldn’t have to be - compromised to find a flexible job around childcare
Women shouldn’t have to choose between having a rewarding career and being a mum. If more organisations embraced flexible working they would have a much wider talent pool to choose from. There is a scandalous amount of missing talent from the UK workforce. Thankfully Digital Mums is one organisation who is addressing the issue.
I personally am a very proud Digital Mums graduate and without their innovative approach to creating an army of job-ready, professional, skilled and knowledgeable Social Media Managers, Hatch Social as a business would never have existed.
I’ve exited the 9-5 corporate culture and have found flexible work that genuinely works for me and my family, thanks to Digital Mums. And that’s why I’m fully supporting #WorkThatWorks every step of the way.