Recent research by Kingston University shows that in 2011, there were an estimated 210, 000 freelance working mothers in the UK which accounted for 13 per cent of all freelancers, with women in general accounting for 38 per cent of all freelancers.
The research also shows that the number of freelance mothers has increased 25 per cent since 2008, which is double the rate of increase in the freelance workforce as a whole. This suggests women are turning to freelancing as it offers a more flexible alternative and allows parents to balance their work and family life more effectively.
Freelancer trade group, the PCG, argues that freelancing offers a viable option for working mothers which may help solve the problem that many face in trying to juggle family life and full-time work.
PCG Chairman, Julie Stewart said: “It is no longer the case that the professional career of a new mother has to be over just because she chooses to start a family. Freelancing offers an ideal opportunity to balance work and family life.
“Freelancing allows mothers, and fathers for that matter, the flexibility to spend time with family while continuing to operate professionally. This isn’t a way to earn a few extra pounds on the side – it is a serious, credible way of working that contributes in a way that is vital to UK business."
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