Only 13 per cent of businesses in Northampton are planning to hire more returning mothers than they did a year ago, according to a survey.
Returning mothers are valued for their experience and skills according to 77 per cent of businesses asked in Northampton.
But the report for business centre company Regus, said praise for working mums is not backed up with action.
A spokeswoman for Regus said: “This is despite the fact that they are seen to bring a wide range of benefits to the workplace.
“Returning mothers play an important role in the overall economy by contributing to boosting GDP through increased female participation in the labour force.
“But the contrasting demands of motherhood and work are one of the main reasons women don’t return to work.”
Northampton businesses who responded emphasised the important role flexible working can play in attracting female talent.
A total of 76 per cent said they believed it is key to attracting and retaining women workers.
The overall research highlights a variety of positive attributes that employers believe mothers bring to the workplace.
These include their reliability and excellent time management. Additionally, returning mothers are seen as less likely to change jobs, saving firms the cost of recruitment and re-training.