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More working mothers join the contracting workforce

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A new study from the Professional Contractors Group (PCG) has revealed that there are currently more woman now contracting in the UK.

In fact, not only are there now more women who have joined the exciting world of contracting, but research has also shown that they more likely to be happy within their roles compared to their male counterparts.

According to the PCG’s findings, there were 1.56 million contractors found to be actively working in the UK in 2011, and of these, 38% were female.

Interestingly, 13% of these women were found to be working mothers, with the number of self-employed mothers increasing by 25% since 2008, which is double the rate of increase in the contracting workforce as a whole.

PCG Chairman, Julie Stewart said, “It is no longer the case that the professional career of a new mother has to be over just because she chooses to start a family. Freelancing offers an ideal opportunity to balance work and family life.

“Freelancing allows mothers, and fathers for that matter, the flexibility to spend time with family while continuing to operate professionally. This isn’t a way to earn a few extra pounds on the side – it is a serious, credible way of working that contributes in a way that is vital to UK business.

“Going freelance can be daunting, especially if you’ve got a new family, but work-life balance is important and PCG has the resources to support anyone going freelance in any sector.”

How much could you be earning as a contractor? Type in your daily or hourly rate into our contractor calculator and see how much you could be taking home.

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