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Flexible Full-Time Work for Mothers Returning to Work Force

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By: Marie Donlon

One of the reasons for the headline-making gap in pay between men and women, according to recent research from the BBC, is due to the tendency of some women leaving full-time positions for part-time ones once they have children.

According to the study’s findings, in 2015, women without children were employed full-time in exact proportion to men in the same age range.

However, that number dramatically declined for women with children. Likewise, the number of mothers working part-time tripled in comparison to the 16 percent of women between the ages of 25 and 49 working part-time without children.

Unfortunately, it is likely, when women make these shifts from part-time to full-time work, that the part-time positions will be of lower quality and at a lower rate of pay, thereby helping to create the pay gap.

Observing this trend, researchers recommend a solution that employers offer their female employees with children more flexibility to keep them employed full-time. Particularly, in those critical months after a child is born, allowing the mother to keep a flexible schedule (i.e., working nights and weekends or offering work from home opportunities), women would more likely stay in their full–time positions.

To read more on the study, click here.