Must be able to work weekends.. why this statement is such a killer and the direct link to your tax bill and the ‘benefits culture’ – how so many industries are getting it WRONG

We all just accept things the way they are, instead of standing up and pointing out how a simple stubborn decision, or comments such as ‘that’s just the way it is’ have such a detrimental impact, not only on the individual but on society as a whole, not only our wellbeing but our economy. We are starting to talk more about flexible working, which is great, for me that is essentially about not discriminating against somebody who needs to leave at 4:30 instead of 5:30 because of our disjointed work and childcare system, but I know it is important for so many other reasons too. Before childcare I had stress around mortgage and maintenance etc and I just needed the occasional hour or two to deal with stuff. Making calls at 9 and getting to the office for 10 and working an hour later would have been perfect for me at that stage of life, so we all have our needs, for simple sanity and humane living.

But yesterday I had a painful reminder of how Saturday working directly increases our tax bill, discriminates, and is a large part of the problem of our so called ‘benefits culture’. Quite frankly it infuriates me, but knowing it is genuine ignorance that drives these decisions, I try to educate instead of curse.

A Saturday job isn’t just a teenage thing, it was acceptable, or should I say easy when I was 14 to find a Saturday job, it was also easy for me to work Saturdays when I didn’t have a dependent. When I worked Monday to Friday, I wanted a Saturday job in my late 20’s and early 30’s to top up my income, that was more difficult, as not many people employed for just Saturdays, so normally I would work in a bar on a Friday Saturday night, but I would have preferred a day job, as I did like my social life.

Yesterday, one of my members, and a dear friend thought she had found a perfect job, close to school, in school hours, and her face lit up, like things were finally starting to get better – let me rewind. Two years ago she was happily married with a wee one and a baby on the way, it makes me feel sick to say so I will say it quickly; on his way home from work her husband was killed crossing the road, I cannot even begin to describe how she barely functioned thereafter, looking after her baby, giving birth to another, losing their family home, needing to ask for benefits, dealing with HMRC demanding tax from her late husband; watching her survive is inexplicable. Two years later she is doing an incredible job alone with her two children and to see her face when she heard of this job was something else…

Then the news, sorry but you can’t work Saturdays and it won’t be fair to the other girls who do….

You could boil your eggs in my blood right now.

Retail, hospitality, care, estate agency, all of these sectors and more discriminate against primary carers and lack the intellect to employ weekend workers and weekday workers; it’s not that hard! If you can’t manage that you can’t manage. The most trustworthy and reliable work force are locked out of work because of this rigid mindset. You have those with children who can deliver excellence in the week, and you have a mix of mature, intelligent, young, energetic, vibrant people who would love to work Saturdays. It’s not only students who want a Saturday job. The MAJORITY of families in the UK are struggling, and a Saturday job would be a lifeline, whether that is somebody in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s or 60’s and so on.

BREAK THE MOULD, LEAD. Please do not ever complain about your tax bill or the benefits culture if this is you. My heart bleeds, literally.

The only issue I see is the difference between minimum wage for those over 23, in which case can the Gov please offer an incentive to employers to bridge this gap, an incentive would still be a lesser cost than benefits to the UK tax bill. These decisions impact debt, depression, benefits, food banks, family time and more..

Meanwhile – I celebrate Flexible Working People – Real jobs for real pay for real people – offered by real leaders.

A very frustrated Jules

Always sharing with love and hope for a better future x

Do you want to be a Single Mum in Business? – Check out the Salary and Job Description (and join the SMBN if this sounds like you!)

Do you want to be a Single Mum in Business? – Check out the Salary and Job Description (and join the SMBN if this sounds like you!)
Hours – 119 to 126 per week (must not expect Sundays off)
Salary – £2.30 per hour OTE £30K +
Holiday Pay – No * Sick Pay – No * Perks such as Gym Membership or Costa – No
Bank Holidays – No * Annual Leave – Sorry, No (needy springs to mind)
You must be driven, able to work autonomously, and free to carry out emergency childcare (without taking any time off) in case of pandemic, 13 weeks of school holidays, in-service days or sickness.
If that sounds good so far and you meet the job description below (read on) – you may want to join your comrades in the SMBN!

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2020 – The Year We All Made History. 2021, The Year of Imminent Fun

We have all fought this year. We all have our own personal challenges and triumphs. The main thing is that we are here to tell the tale. We all know the dance isn’t over, but we all know it will be soon. Whatever you have survived for 9 months, you will survive for 3 more. The human timescale for rebirth and readjustment. A future that learns from the past..

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I should never have been on benefits, but lack of flexible working cost the tax payer thousands…


I was blissfully unaware of issues surrounding flexible working in my 20’s and early 30’s. As I was blissfully ignorant and judgemental around benefits. I had been quite happy for 20 years in my 9-5 (or more like 8-8), and short of wishing it was a four day week, so that I could get things done, like mortgage phone calls and fridge deliveries or electrician appointments etc, I wasn’t too troubled, as at least I could swim at 7am and visit the gym until 9pm.. it was when I became a single mum, I realised I was living this crazy world of presenteeism, that actually destroyed so many people!

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For our children, we work together, for change, for a better life. PARENTING SHOULD NOT CARRY A FINANCIAL PENALTY, We NEED to create tomorrow’s carers, nurses, shopkeepers, vets, cleaners, administrators ETC. We have to continue the life cycle! and we SHOULD not be dismissed for doing it!

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SMBN Awards 2021 – New Sponsor – Laura Callahan, Willow HR

When Laura joined the SMBN in 2019, I could not have imagined how supportive she would be. She has offered guidance, coaching, she always wants to find ways to support me and my other members, and I have a had a front row seat as she has expanded her own business, and supported so many families through such a difficult year. She not only won the Family Employer of the Year category 2020, she has now pledged her support for the 2021 Awards by sponsoring the same category. Membership fees are so low for the SMBN, at only £5pcm, and without any charitable status or Grant support, outside of my own income I am cannot express my gratitude for sponsors enough

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Award Entries now OPEN

The awards are FREE to enter and the event will be kept as cost. The event is early evening for parents AND children. We already have some great prizes and will continually look for support to make sure amazing memories are created for these children watching their amazing single mums!

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