NCT statement on official unemployment statistics/ working mums

Released on: 17 April 2013

Unemployment figures were today released by the Office of National Statistics. They showed an increase of 70,000 – largely credited to the high numbers of women attempting to get back into work, changing their status from “economically inactive” to “unemployed”. 45,000 more stay-at-home mums have been forced to seek work between September and November 2012.

NCT's Chief Executive Belinda Phipps said:

“These figures are worrying. It’s now no longer economically feasible for many women to look after their family for as long as they want to without having to work. With financial support available for mothers rising below inflation, and the costs associated with having a family rocketing all the time, this comes as no surprise.

“It’s clear that the job market is not keeping up with mums’ desire to get back into the labour market, leaving many families in a challenging economic situation. We’re calling for families to be protected from further financial hardship.

“For mums who feel their confidence has been affected by their time away from work, it’s worth considering volunteering. Many of our members have told us that it can be a great confidence-builder and a useful springboard back into paid employment.”