Ministers want to promote the abilities many women acquire in their role as mothers, such as balancing household accounts, organising and prioritising time and conflict management. The idea of a "Mum's CV" was developed after senior industry leaders urged them to "re-badge motherhood as project management". Clara Freeman, Marks & Spencer's director of employment and recruitment, said one of the main problems with women's role in the economy was that many were well-educated but ended up being under- employed because they lacked confidence.
Baroness Jay of Paddington, the minister for Women, said: "Women perform many roles as mothers that many employers would find invaluable. A Mum's CV would emphasise the qualities that mothers have developed whilst at home. Things like the ability to budget, balance household accounts, organise, prioritise and juggle a number of tasks at the same time."
The "Mum's CV" would be introduced as a template that mothers could then use when writing up their own CV. A government source said: "Our aim is to get the private sector and industry to sign up to the idea of a `Mum's CV' and we are hopeful that they will, because it was business who came up with the idea in the first place.
"This may sound like a gimmick but it is not. A big part of this idea is promotion because we want to build confidence and help women overcome the fear that they have turned into a `cabbage' while taking out a year or two to look after their young children."
Ministers are also drawing up a template for job-sharing and flexible employment hours to help working mothers. Ministers believe employers such as the NHS could learn from the private sector in their attitudes to job-sharing.Reuse content