“Bye bye baby: cash-strapped mums take part-time jobs”

by Barrie Hopson on October 17, 2010 · 2 comments

in Flexible working,portfolio careers,work/life blend

This is the racy title of a very interesting article by Emma Haslett in Management Today following on from the latest employment figures from  the Office for National Statistics This shows the number of full-time mothers has dropped to just 2.07m – the lowest figure since records began in 1994. Although the number of part-time jobs have increased by 456,000  the number of full-time jobs has dropped by 727,000 – suggesting that employers are to some extent replacing the latter with the former.  This is totally consistent with the CBI report on the future of work that we reported on a year ago. Small cores and large peripheries of temporary workers. We know that 60% of new businesses now start in the home and that most of these are women. So they are not just looking for part time jobs. Many of them are well on their way to portfolio careers.  Look at sites like Enterprise Nation and Family friendly working.

Many of these women are leading the way to new styles of working.

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1 SARA STONEHAM October 18, 2010 at 9:23 pm

They also probably will have no pensions, little holiday provision and probably be earning pro rata less than men doing the same job. No?

2 Barrie Hopson October 19, 2010 at 12:08 am

One of the consequences for most portfolio workers is that they will have no company pensions and no paid holidays. This is the lot of any freelancer. The plus is that you do not get locked into a single employer for perks alone and discover that it is freeing up to organise your own pension plan and holidays.Cannot comment on gender differences in pay only to say that those differences are well documented in most organisations. All the women we interviewed for our book earned more as portfolio workers than they ever earned as employees.

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