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Millions of women in the UK working multiple jobs

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It is estimated that 2.24million women in the UK are working more than one job. What can employers do to help to ease the pressure on their work-life balance?

New research has revealed that 2million women in the UK are currently working more than one job. 

In a survey of 2,000 employed people in the UK, Coople found that 16% of women are juggling more than one job, with 3% working three or more jobs. With 14 million in the UK in paid work, it is estimated that 2.24million women are working more than one job, and 420,000 have three or more. 

Some 75% of the women that have multiple jobs ‘wish’ they had the benefit of flexible hours, with 72% saying flexible working has affected, or would affect their lives for the better. 

Surprisingly, 33% of women working multiple choices do so out of choice. The primary reason for working additional jobs was for more money (65%), however nearly a third (29%) say their main motivation was to learn new skills.

Jacques de la Bouillerie, managing director of Coople said: “The findings that many British women often now juggle two or more paid jobs, as well as household activities mean it’s never been so important for Britain to wake up to flexible working. 

“Not only do these findings highlight the positive effects for employees who have the ability to work flexibility, they also reveal the benefits to the employer – such as increased productivity. I’d go as far to say that these findings also shed light on a wider trend for the definition of ‘flexible working’ in the future: not just flexible hours, but also flexible work lives.”

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