Part-time roles can help new mums to gently ease themselves back into the workplace after a period of time off.
However, for those of us who rely on longer hours to support our families, part-time opportunities may not always be the most appropriate option.
And, according to new research from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the number of people taking on part-time roles has increased markedly.
Figures suggest that 1.31 million people are currently working on a bit-part basis, despite the fact that they wish to take on full-time roles.
Overall, the ONS revealed that unemployment has risen to 2.68 million in the UK, which represents a 17-year high.
Commenting on the findings, TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: "It's very concerning that the only area of the labour market that is growing at the moment is the number of involuntarily temporary jobs.
"These jobs are generally insecure, poorly paid and offer little or no career prospects. They may act as a short-term sticking plaster against unemployment but they are not the kind of jobs that can underpin our economic recovery."
If you need help to return to work, check out this guide on how you can use your mum skills to return to work.