Many parents are returning to work sooner than they would like after the birth of their child due to the rise in the cost of living, it has been suggested.
According to research by uSwitch.com, the rise in the price of food, fuel and energy means the number of stay-at-home parents has reached its lowest level since 1993.
Only 2.2 million parents are raising their child at home instead of going to work, the figures revealed.
Director of consumer policy at uSwitch.com Ann Robinson stated that the cost of childcare is also high for many mums and dads returning to the office.
"Any initiatives introduced by the government that support parents wishing to return to work when they have children should be commended - but we also need to recognise that some parents would prefer to stay at home to look after their children," she commented.
It was recently suggested by Linda Devereux of the National Group on Homeworking that employers should ensure the health and safety of their colleagues working from home.