New mothers are more likely to swap industry and role to have a better work life balance


New research from the Executive Coaching Consultancy has found that 38% of women who return to work change industry sector to find more flexibility in their role and one in six return to work in a different job function to find this flexibility.

For over half (54%) that have returned to work, striking a comfortable balance between home and work responsibilities is the biggest challenge and a further 46% have stated finding alternative care arrangements for their children as one of their biggest personal constraints.

The research highlights a plethora of challenges facing women returners such as networking which is an integral part in career advancement but over half (51%) of women are not able to participate in networking events held outside of office hours as their home responsibilities reduce their availability.

Geraldine Gallacher, managing director, ECC and author of the report said:

“This research shows that while offering returner support is a great way to mobilise the returner workforce there are teething problems with the support employers currently offer.  In order for both parties to get the most from a returner employers need to consider the full range of support they might offer in order to identify which will most effectively meet business objectives and the needs of returners.”

“Employers that can offer effective support to attract and retain returners will find themselves sitting on a talent goldmine”