Over a third of parents have considered abandoning full-time work in order to reduce childcare costs, according to a new survey.
A poll jointly issued by Mumsnet and Daycare Trust has indicated that childcare costs have caused at least 38 per cent of parents to think about leaving a job, whilst 12 per cent of respondents said they already had.
What’s more, 20 per cent claimed to have turned down a job because it would cost them too much to organise childcare. According to telegraph.co.uk, the price of sending a child to nursery school has eclipsed the cost of a mortgage for 37 per cent of the survey’s respondents.
Many of those questioned are likely to have at least considered freelancing or working from home. Such a career move would allow them to combine childcare duties with earning a living, if balanced well.
Commenting on the results, Mumsnet co-founder Justine Roberts agreed that childcare costs were making it difficult for parents to stay in full-time work.
“Today’s figures show just how serious the impact of high childcare costs is. As a nation we spend more on childcare than most others in Western Europe, yet lots of parents are unable to work because childcare costs make it uneconomic,” Roberts concluded.
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