February 10th, 2017
January 23, 2017
The All Party Parliamentary Group on women and work calls for companies with more than 250 staff to put better programmes in place for returners.
It says existing "returnship" schemes rarely help women on lower incomes.
The MPs were examining reasons why women find difficulties in returning to work after a career break.
They cited the cost of childcare and the lack of a clear way back as key obstacles to returning to work.
Their report called for employers to take more note of the caring responsibilities of employees and to give the "sandwich generation" more help.
"Spending time at home with children or looking after elderly parents does not make women or men less capable and it should not be a deterrent when wanting to go back to work at the appropriate time", said the committee's co-chair, Flick Drummond.
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