With all this baby talk in the news at the moment – you can’t escape it anywhere can you?
Bearing this in mind Quality Solicitors ran a survey on maternity and women’s rights and the results are a mixture of expected and shocking at the same time.
For example I expected the results that 42% of women are concerned about taking maternity leave – why wouldn’t they be? Yes having a baby is an exciting time but it is financially daunting especially if you are on a low wage. It was for this reason that I only took 14 weeks off when I had Emmy, she came to work with me at the age of 14 weeks with a mix of me looking after her and my mother in law. This simply was because we could not afford for me to take much longer off of work. Yes I would receive maternity pay however it was not enough to cover our bills etc, so while it was feasible to take her with me I did – and she loved it (an advantage of being a Nanny).
What I did find surprising was that 46% of women had their new contracts or jobs terminated when they had accepted a new job/role and not divulged their pregnancy.
Another thing I found surprising was that 5.6% of women didn’t tell their employers they were pregnant until after 6 months – I guess I find this hard to believe as I was huge by then with both of my children so could never have hidden it – I was one of the 26% who let their secret out before 3 months – actually I told my boss I was pregnant at around 5-6 weeks every time (twice before Emmy and then with my Emmy pregnancy), I found it helped to tell her as I was rather ill with the pregnancies and because I needed hospital treatment for my subsequent miscarriages and she was a great support.
To find out more results from this survey please visit www.qualitysolicitors.com/maternity-rights/survey-results