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Why not do more to helpworking mums?

I was fascinated by your comments of there being an industry wide skills shortage (NCE 6 March).

I am a chartered civil engineer, and have recently had two years off work having had two children and am now looking for part time work.

During my time off I have studied a masters in construction management and have spent the last month job hunting.

I am coming to the conclusion that there can’t be a skills shortage as so few companies are interested in being flexible.

I was advised last week by a recruitment consultant to have a telephone interview and not to mention my requirements for part time employment until after the interview when she would broach the subject.

It’s as if I have to be ashamed.

I am seriously considering re-training which is devastating after so much hard work to become chartered, five years after graduating.

I think that the industry needs to be more prepared to be flexible over working hours if it is to encourage more people to begin training.

PHILIPPA LAIDLAR (M), robandpip@aol.com

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