Half of the UK’s working mothers do not get the flexibility they ask for, while those that do work flexibly face discrimination, according to a survey.
The survey of almost 13,000 mothers carried out by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and the campaign group Mother Pukka found that one in two had had a request for flexible working turned down or only partly accepted by their current employer.
Frances O’Grady, the TUC secretary general, said the survey exposed the failure of the system, with the legal “right to request” flexible working having been in place for two decades.
“The current system is broken. Employers still have free rein to turn down requests for flexible working. And women are too scared to ask for flexible working at job interviews, for fear of being discriminated against,” she said.
The survey found 86% of women working flexibly said they had faced discrimination and … Read more