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Plight of workless mothers revealed

A fifth of women have not been able to get a job after taking a career break to have a child, a new study has shown.

A survey of more than 2,500 mothers also revealed that a similar number had taken a lower level position when going back to work.

Workingmums, a jobs website, said its research revealed that half of mothers had retrained in the past three years.

Gillian Nissim, founder of Workingmums.co.uk, said: "Our figures show a very significant number of women are seeking retraining after having children and that there is a big appetite for more flexible courses that fit around family life.

"The survey also shows the challenges facing women to re-enter their previous field after taking a career break."

Lack of flexible jobs was the main barrier to mothers going back to work, the report added.

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