According to a survey of 365 working parents in the UK, almost two thirds of working mums think men are discriminated against with regard to flexible working arrangements.
According to a Workingmums.co.uk survey for International Women’s Day, 65% felt men were not given a fair hearing over flexible working.
The survey also found that;
- 43% felt they did over 75% of the domestic chores and childcare.
- Around 40% of working mums had taken a step back in their career since having children.
- Only 29% had progressed in their career.
- The rest had stayed at the same level
Women were concerned about the lack of flexible new jobs. A third felt trapped in the job they went on maternity leave from because they could not find a new job which gave them the work life balance they needed. A massive 89% had considered working for themselves to get a better work life balance, although 43% said they couldn’t afford to.
Meanwhile, in Australia, the union movement is currently conducting an independent inquiry into insecure work in Australia.
The inquiry website tells us that;
The last two decades in Australia has seen a dramatic decline in permanent work, and corresponding growth of insecure forms of employment, such as casual, contract work and labour hire.
The full extend and impact of this shift on workers, their families and the Australian community has never been formally investigated.
The inquiry will report its findings to the Australian Council of Trade Unions Congress in 2012, along with recommendations on measures that can be taken to address any problems that are identified.
Do you think dads miss out due to inflexible working arrangements?
Has having children affected your career?
What would you like to see the inquiry recommend?
You can read submissions to the inquiry and see what others are suggesting here.