Flexible working hours: Amber Rudd backs parents in jobs scheme

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The site collates thousands of roles best suited for parents juggling childcare with a career. The Work and Pensions Secretary said she still remembers waving her own children off on their first day of school, and recalled the difficulties of balancing parenthood with her career. She is launching the new jobs site tomorrow, and says the scheme will make it easier than ever for parents, especially mothers, to find or return to work.

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The mother of two said she understood how hard the balancing act was, and pointed out that the new school term - when many youngsters will begin education for the first time - was a key time for parents to return to the workplace.

She said flexible working was key to this, helping mothers and fathers balance work with "the breakfast rush, packed lunches and school runs".

The website, findajob.dwp.gov.uk, will gather more than 50,000 job adverts, all designed with flexible working in mind.

The roles will be wide ranging, from head chefs and party planners to bookkeepers and web developers, and will include both full-time and part-time jobs.

Ms Rudd said the launch was timed to coincide with thousands of children heading through the school gates for the first time.

She said: "I want parents to know that I am backing them by ensuring that when they want to work, opportunities are available that fit into the world of the breakfast rush, packed lunches and school runs."

Chair of the Women's Business Council, Fiona Dawson, welcomed the move, saying it would allow mothers to "balance their priorities in a way that works".

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