The Working Better report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) revealed that 36 per cent of women are not offered flexible working opportunities from their employers even though 88 per cent of them feel that such arrangements are important. In addition, only one-quarter of women felt that they had the same access to good jobs as their male counterparts after having children compared to 40 per cent of men who felt this way.
Nicola Brewer, chief executive of the EHRC, said: "Flexibility is a tool many British businesses use to unlock talent. Changing the way we approach parental leave could be one way of tackling the gender pay gap." To help the situation, just a few weeks ago, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform announced that the right to request flexible working is to be extended from parents with children under the age of six to parents with children under the age of 16 - a potential boon to parents who realise that children of all ages need their parents around.