More and more working mothers are choosing to become freelancers, new research has found.

According to the 'Exploring the UK freelance workforce in 2015' report from the Association for Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) and Kingston University London's small business research centre, freelancing is becoming increasingly popular among working mums. The majority of these women said that the flexibility and increased time spent with their families were the main reasons for becoming freelance.

According to the study, one in seven of the 1.91 million freelancers in the UK were found to be women with children, and overall, the number of those working mothers who turned to freelancing rose by 70 per cent over the period between 2008 and 2015.

Former BBC business presenter and freelancer Penny Haslam said of the figures: “I’m not surprised at the growing number of mothers opting to go freelance, when the majority of employers are slow to adopt flexible working for everyone. Even if working parents do go part time, they find themselves stuck and demotivated over time. It’s a real waste of talent."

The research also found that 38 per cent of all managerial freelance positions were taken by females.

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