People Management: Three minutes with - Emma Stewart partner, Women Like Us

What's different about Women Like Us? We're a not-for-profit agency that helps mothers get back into work. We specialise in finding flexible opportunities for people living in north and central London, most of which come in the public and voluntary sectors.

What's unique about us is that we go directly to women by recruiting at the school gate.

How did you get the idea? As mums ourselves, my business partner and I were shocked at the number of mothers we met at the school gates who wanted to get back to work but were unable to find what they were looking for or had lost their confidence.

We wrote letters to all the mums at one school in north London offering to help them find work and were completely overwhelmed by the response we got.

We quickly realised that schools are the perfect places to recruit women who need work.

What are the benefits of flexible employees for charities? Some charities simply don't have the

capacity or the need for full-time staff, and are involved in a series of temporary projects. Our service is bespoke and gives them what they want, when they want it.

Women who are allowed to do flexible hours will be incredibly loyal and committed to their employers.

Because we work with local charities and local schools, it means the women we recruit have good knowledge of the area.

What kind of women do charities want to recruit? Because of where we recruit, we get women with a whole range of skills, from senior managers to those with strong experience in secretarial posts.

Women who have previously worked only in the private sector might not have even considered going into the voluntary sector until we show them that they have got transferable skills.

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