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Legal professions no good for mums, says report

16 April 2008

A survey has put the legal profession last in a league table of sectors looking at the best jobs for mums returning to work.

The survey of 11 sectors was undertaken by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA), the former Teacher Training Agency. It is keen to publicise the fact that teaching topped the poll, closely followed by the catering, retail and leisure industries.

Researchers asked 2,000 mums across the UK which kind of jobs they felt were most suitable for women returning to work after a career break, and how they felt they were treated on their return to work.

The survey found that:

  • 89% of legal workers are looking for a more flexible approach to work;
  • only 35% of mums working in the legal sector felt they were "treated like an equal" on returning to work in the sector;
  • only 11% of mums working in the legal profession felt they had sufficient opportunities to develop their careers.

The survey also showed that a "passion for the job" plays a big part in making roles appealing to returning mums: 48% of teachers will return purely for the love of the job, compared to 26% of employees in the legal profession.