Flexible working

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Are you looking for options that fit around the children?

Are you wondering how others do it?

Are you sceptic about flexible working options in your field?

Trust  me  it  really  is  possible  to  find  something  that  will  work  for  you  and  your  family, perhaps  not  today, but  some  day  you  will, many working mums have gone before you and we  are  here  to share their experiences.

We  also  love  to  hear  your  stories  and  invite  you  to  share  resources  that  are  valuable  to  you. Just  contact  us

Types of flexible working

There are many ways of working flexibly. Usually flexible working is considered as everything that isn’t full-time 9-5.

This could include:

  • Part-time
  • Reduced hours
  • Term Time
  • Job Sharing
  • Freelance/Contracting
  • Remote working
  • Compressed hours

If you would like some more inspiration on what type of flexible hours might suit you, do have a look on all the types of flexible working, and their description on Business Link

Information and advice for working mums

  • British mummy bloggers – loads of fun and interesting blogs from working and non-working mums, to read or to add your own blog
  • Working families – charity on work-life balance, offer resources on tax, maternity leave and just lots of advice and support for working mums and dads, also help-line for maternity discrimination
  • Mothers who work – website with advice and articles for mumpreneurs and working mums, working mumsblogs and mumpreneur directory
  • Families Work – childcare search, emergency childcare, maternity coaching, parent workshops and talent management. Focus on corporate and media sector.
  • GirlyGeekdom – fun blogsite with lots of blogs for and by girly geeks
  • Parental Choice –  ‘one stop shop’  to help you make the right decision on your childcare needs and guide you through your legal rights before and after pregnancy, they offer services to: write your flexible work proposal, find your childcare and write your nanny contract
  • Work from home wisdom – blogs, advice and workshops on working from home
  • The Work Life Balance Workbook – to help you think through your priorities in life, by life coach Anna Meller

Recruitment agencies for flexible jobs

  • Availexe– Management Consultancy that match consultants and projects, work can be done flexibly and from home, looking for experienced consultants in Finance, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Change Management and Business Development. Operate UK wide
  • Ably Resources. Ably is a leading specialist recruitment group. They specialise in finding (flexible) work for women in Engineering, Oil & Gas and Drilling, Marine & Subsea and Architectural and Structural Engineering. They cover UK, Middle East and South East Asia – mainly relocating expats to these locations.
  • Adzuna – Fast UK job site, with useful tool for checking your value, and how ‘machine readable your CV is: ‘ValueMyCV’
  • Capability Jane – recruitment service for flexible jobs, aimed at experienced professional women, CV-writing service, coaching, re-launch your career workshop, main focus South East UK
  • Careers City from We Are the City – job board (for women), extra focus on flexible and part-time jobs, family friendly companies and trustee positions for relaunchers, London focus
  • Flexy – Recruitment app, matching workers and employers for short-term contracts and shift work. Jobs include: office, admin and reception, catering and events, retail and merchandising, research and testing, sales and customer service, street marketing and promotions, warehouse pickers and packers, cleaning and maintenance. London focussed.
  • HubstaffTalent – US based matching site, helps employers quickly bring together a remote team of workers, mainly in e-commerce, social media and IT. It seems free, and it does list UK-based jobs too.
  • Sapphire partners – boutique head hunter with a strong focus on female talent for exec and non-exec positions, flexible working possible, based in London
  • Tectre – training and recruitment organisation focused at the IT sector, offer soft-skills training for technical people, offer training and coaching to support women back to work in Science, Technology and Engineering
  • Ten2Two – helps women find flexible and part-time jobs, based in Hertfordshire, job-reach to London
  • Mumbu – skills matching site between local employers and people looking for flexible work, Guildford/London area
  • Time wise jobs – job board for flexible work, main focus London (started by Women Like Us)
  • Time wise recruitment – recruitment agency for part-time jobs, main focus London  (started by Women Like Us)
  • Working mums – connects mums and employers, offers full-time, part-time and work-from-home jobs, lists family friendly employers
  • Work for Mums – on-line job board for network-marketing and franchise offers
  • Jobs for mums – Online job boards with flexible, part-time and term time jobs
  • Advemix – regular job site. To find flexible jobs just type in in ‘flexible’ or ‘part time’ in the advanced search
  • Careerbuilder – regular job search site, good part-time section
  • Neuvoo – recruitment firm, aggregate all jobs from company websites to help you find a job in your region
  • UKjobsnet.com – regular job search site, good part-time section
  • UK job applications – regular job site, information about the hiring process and interview advice for the nation’s top employers. Direct links to job applications for each company.
  • Workpond – Recruitment Service for flexible work – many roles suitable for experienced professional mums from a wide variety of professions and industries, mainly south-east