Firms planning to hire more mothers

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An increasing number of firms expect to hire more mothers in the next two years in recognition of their skills and experience, according to a new report.

A survey of 2,200 businesses by workspace provider Regus also found a growing trend of women not taking up their full maternity leave entitlement.

One in four of those polled said more women were taking less than three months off work after having a child.

Most of those questioned reported that more women were demanding to work remotely when they returned to their job.

Celia Donne, of Regus, said: "It is high time that UK businesses address the issue of how to adapt working practices to better suit working mothers."

Two-fifths of those surveyed said they expected to hire more mothers in the next two years, compared with a quarter in a previous study in 2011.

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