Stay-at-home mums ‘a dying breed’

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stay at home mumsThe traditional housewife caring for her brood is fast becoming a dying tableaux of family life, as financial struggles are forcing growing numbers of mums to go back to work.

That is according to employment minister Chris Grayling, who says more stay-at-home mums are looking for a part-time job.

Be it to contribute to rising bills or support a partner who has been made redundant, mums are increasingly looking to return to work.

Mr Grayling said: "I suspect bad news stories about the eurozone and what the economic climate might be. People [are] saying, 'Maybe it is time I started looking for a part-time job'.

"If you are looking for trends, that is one of them."

But the tough job market is making it difficult for mums to achieve this goal.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show the number of 'inactive' women - which means they do not have a job and do not want one - has dropped dramatically. Over the past year, the figure for those aged between 16 and 64 has fallen by 71,000 but, at the same time, unemployment among women has increased by 82,000.

The total number of unemployed women in Britain has reached 1.12million, a figure which has not been matched for 25 years.

This means that many former stay-at-home mothers are struggling to find decent work because of the embattled jobs market.

If you're dead set on a return to work for whatever reason, do be sure to have a quick look at this guide outlining things to ask about before returning to work.