Aussie Mums Welcomed to Work
Australian businesses intend to take on more mothers returning to part-time work during
Sydney, Australia (PRWEB) December 22, 2009 -- More than half of Australian businesses are intending to hire
more mothers returning to work in the next two years, according to a global survey. The survey conducted by
leading serviced office, virtual office and workplace solutions provider Regus, of over 11,000 corporates across
13 countries, found that nearly half (44 per cent) of businesses plan to hire more mothers returning to part-time
work over the next two years.
Australian hiring intentions are well above the global average, with 55 per cent of business leaders saying they
will recruit more mothers on a part-time basis over the next 24 months. The finding indicates that the Australian
work culture is, overall, keen to support the balance between work and family responsibilities.
The survey results precede new Australian workplace laws, which come into effect on January 1, 2010, giving
parents of young children the right to request flexible working conditions. Claudia Keech, Founder and CEO of
leading mother's website, MotherInc.com.au, said that while the economy is still recovering, it makes a lot of
sense for businesses to take advantage of the expertise that mothers and fathers returning to work can offer - be
that part time, casual or working from home. "By the time you become a mother or father, you have also acquired
a wealth of expertise in the workplace. It makes sense for businesses to offer flexible working conditions to attract
such valuable employees," she said.
Regus' multi-national global economic indicator survey, the Regus BusinessTracker, asked more than 11,000
respondents about their hiring intentions with regard to part-time, returning mothers over the next two years. The
resulting data offers economists a consistent survey benchmark with which to assess national outlooks versus
The survey found that Australian businesses i