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Cost of living sees 1 in 5 parents returning to work sooner than planned

Zara Crawford
Authored by Zara Crawford
Posted: Tuesday, September 13, 2022 - 14:06

The rising cost of living sees parents seeking new jobs as the school term starts

New research from Breakroom, the people-powered job platform, has revealed that 31% of parents are planning to look for a new job as the school term starts. 

67% of parents are looking to change jobs to secure better pay.

21% of parents have changed their plans and are returning to work sooner to help cope with the cost-of-living crisis.

Breakroom, the UK’s first people-powered job platform, has surveyed over 1,500 UK parents to find out how the rise in the cost of living is currently impacting their employment plans.

Download the full survey results here

The research reveals that 93% of parents are worried about the rise in the cost of living with only 17% having received a cost-of-living-related pay rise. As a result, nearly a third (31%) of parents are looking to find a new or better job in September as the school term starts, with a further 58% of parents looking to change jobs before the end of the year.

To help parents find the best jobs that fit around family life Breakroom has created the first ever list of job vacancies that are reviewed and recommended by parents already working there.

View the best jobs for parents currently being advertised here: https://www.breakroom.cc/explore/jobs-for-parents

Breakroom enables parents to search for the best-rated employers in their area and makes it easy to find jobs that are recommended by other parents. The best jobs for parents vary by location but some of the highest-rated employers for parents include E.ONBabcock, Aviva, Lloyds Bank and IKEA

Anna Maybank, CEO and co-founder of Breakroom commented

“We believe everyone deserves a good job and Breakroom is here to help make sure they get it.

There has historically been a shortage of information about what hourly jobs are really like. 92% of job ads don’t explain how a rota is organised; 40% of ads don’t say how many hours you will get and a third of ads don’t even include how much you’ll be paid.

Unless you already know somebody who works at a company before you apply, it’s hard to find this information at all. Breakroom helps users find the job that is right for them, using the findings from what real current employees have told us.

Our latest research has shown that parents are looking for jobs that better fit their needs, whilst pay is an important factor, they are also looking for jobs that offer flexibility and shift stability.”

The survey also revealed that 84% of parents think their standard of living in the last 12 months and 82% of employers are not doing enough to address the rise in the cost of living. 

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