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Parental leave survey, 30/05/14 [E/NI/S/W]

This survey for the National Childbirth Trust questioned 1095 new parents with children under five, and 1017 men and women under 45 who do not currently have children under the age of five.

It found that almost half of women (43%) are likely to return to work sooner than they would like after having their baby. Of those, 47% said this is due to concerns over job security.

Key findings include: 29% of women said they would be worried about job security if they took advantage of flexible working, and just 15% said they thought their job would be very secure; 70% of women surveyed said they would prefer flexible working over more parental leave as a way to spend more time with their children, if they were to have a/another child; Yet 59% of women said they were unaware that were able to request flexible working from their employers; Women between 18 and 24 are more than twice as likely (7%) to take less than two weeks’ maternity leave than those aged 25 and over (3%); Younger women, aged 18-24, are the least likely to take more than 12 weeks of maternity leave – only 76%, compared to 85% of those aged 25 and over.

For full details see the NCT report.

Further Information

Parental leave survey