Mothers face greater discrimination than any other group

An interim report to be published tomorrow by the Equalities Review suggests "mothers face greater discrimination in finding a job than disabled people, Asian women and the elderly".

What is more, "Women returning to work after starting a family face the highest 'personal employment penalty' of any group in society - they are around 40 per cent less likely than the average white, able-bodied man to be offered a post."

It was revealed last year by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation that 75 per cent of firms using recruitment agencies asked them not to hire women who were pregnant or of child-bearing age, despite this being illegal.

For more details in advance of the report see Mothers' job prospects are worst of all by Denis Campbell of The Observer.

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