Many mums are considering a move back into employment for the new year, it has emerged.
A study of 422 women by WorkingMums.co.uk, has discovered that 83 per cent are keen to go back to work in 2008.
However, 53 per cent said they lacked the confidence to re-enter the workplace.
Founder of the website Gillian Nissim noted that flexible working schemes are helping mums make the move into a new job.
"The good news is that employers are becoming a great deal wiser as to the benefits of offering flexible employment and we are seeing a general positive growth trend in the number of opportunities on offer," she said.
She added that mothers are "a huge pool of talent" that "offer high levels of professionalism and loyalty".
A recent survey by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and Robert Half Finance and Accounting discovered that flexible working options can aid retention in the finance sector, Online Recruitment magazine reports.