Working mothers in the UK would rather work from home than in the office, new research has revealed.
In a poll conducted by Workingmums.co.uk, 87 per cent of respondents admitted that given the choice they would jump at the chance to become a home-worker. Moreover, it was revealed that 88 per cent would consider a job share, while 98 per cent want their jobs to be flexible.
A working week consisting of 15-20 hours was deemed ideal by 33 per cent of the participants, 20-25 hours by 24 per cent and 25-35 hours by 18 per cent.
It was suggested by the survey's authors that working from home is very popular for women returning to work after maternity leave and that many companies now have roles which can be carried out from home.
Gillian Nissim, founder of Workingmums, said: "These statistics are probably not surprising since home-based jobs can provide mothers with the kind flexibility they're looking for, for example, having more choice about the hours they work or having more flexibility at pressure points in the day such as school drop-off and pick up time.
"But what is particularly interesting is the variety of home-working positions that are becoming available to professionals who wish to work from home."
Furthermore, broadband and Voice Over Internet Phone Protocol (VOIP) were cited as good examples of recent technology which enables home-working to be a valid employment option.