Website helps mothers find family-friendly jobs

2006

Last year we spotted a wonderfully-named Canadian website, YummyMummyCareers.com, launched to address the job search needs of women wanting to find a family-friendly employer.

Now a UK equivalent, jobs4mothers.com has been launched with the aim of becoming "the essential recruitment site for employers wanting to fill part-time or job share posts with high calibre professionals."

Since launching just month ago over 500 women have registered with jobs4mothers.com and over 130 jobs have been posted. In May alone the site received 130,000 hits and is currently receiving 4,500 hits daily.

The site is the brainchild of West London women Selina Smith and Kristina Abdat. The women decided to start their own business after talking to other mothers outside the school gates and finding that many were highly qualified but struggling to find flexible jobs that utilised their skills.

Former geography teacher, Selina, says: "Jobs4mothers is providing a much-needed matching service for employers and returning mothers. We feel mothers are a great invisible workforce, reliable, mature, and hard working with tremendous skills - they are an untapped pool of highly trained and skilled workers."

"This is a real waste of women's training and education, "says Selina, "but things are changing - work-life balance is a hot political issue and we're delighted at the number of employers who've come on board."

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One issue that really get to me is that there are no employer concessions for Moms with premature babies....8 weeks and you are either back to work or ooops...loose your job....My daughter in-law recently gave birth to a tiny 3 lb baby and her employer told her that 8 weeks with pay and an additional 4 weeks without pay and then you loose your job...baby is 5 weeks old (7 weeks to go) and is still under 4 lbs....I think laws should be changed to give mothers of premie babies more time off...like 6 months...to complicate things,.. daycares will not accept babies that were born premature until they are 12 months old... Frustrated grandmother in Ohio

Diana