REC: Flexibility needed in workplace for lone parents
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) highlighted the need to offer flexible working options to single parents who want to go back to work.
Director of external relations at the organisation Tom Hadley commented that there are barriers in place stopping parents from going back into the workplace.
"What is needed is a more flexible approach to employment - in particular by providing viable options such as short-term assignments and temporary work placements which offer a key stepping stone into the labour market," he said.
The REC has conducted research with the Adecco Institute, which has shown that recruitment agencies can have a positive impact on lone parents who need help going back to work.
ClickAJob chief executive Yngve Traberg is equally positive: "Single parents stretched for time may find even more opportunity for support online."
"With much of their personal lives having to be organised out of hours, it's reassuring to know that internet access is available round the clock - and that a good job search engine explores all the alternatives instantly when time is at a premium."
These comments follow chancellor Alistair Darling's pre-Budget report, which highlighted a need to focus on employment for underrepresented groups such as single parents, with a target employment rate of 80 per cent outlined.