Fears of raising family reduces career prospects

Posted on September 30, 2013 by allmumkind

A new survey recently carried out by Netmums highlights concerns over the impact of having a family during your career.

Over three quarters of working mums felt pressure of taking maternity leave which would reduce their career prospects. Further stress of taking leave after having a family would result in redundancy or have an impact of the scope of their job.

Women are left feeling anxious as the survey identifies that Employment law does not necessarily protect women with children or those planning a family.

The survey also finds that over three quarters of women actually feel that attitudes towards them change when they return to the workplace. The upside here is that on a personal level, women believe they return to work more focussed and organised.

Paul Jenkins, managing director at maternitycover.com which conducted the survey for Netmums, said: “Women face countless unspoken taboos when it comes to having children and maintaining a career.”

Kiran Daurka, employment specialist at law firm Slater and Gordon, said: “It is against the law to treat women unfairly because they are pregnant or while they are on maternity leave.
“It’s a depressing state of affairs that as employment lawyers we still hear from plenty of women with children who have faced discrimination, despite the fact that it’s simply bad for business.
“If you have suspicions or concerns that you’ve been discriminated against then keep a diary. Look at your career plan before and try to gauge the effect your pregnancy and having children has had on it. It’s always useful to compare yourself with other people who were on the same level as you before the pregnancy and ask yourself whether they’ve enjoyed promotion while you haven’t.”

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A new survey recently carried out by Netmums highlights concerns over the impact of having a family during your career.

Over three quarters of working mums felt pressure of taking maternity leave which would reduce their career prospects. Further stress of taking leave after having a family would result in redundancy or have an impact of the scope of their job.

Women are left feeling anxious as the survey identifies that Employment law does not necessarily protect women with children or those planning a family.

The survey also finds that over three quarters of women actually feel that attitudes towards them change when they return to the workplace. The upside here is that on a personal level, women believe they return to work more focussed and organised.

Paul Jenkins, managing director at maternitycover.com which conducted the survey for Netmums, said: “Women face countless unspoken taboos when it comes to having children and maintaining a career.”

Kiran Daurka, employment specialist at law firm Slater and Gordon, said: “It is against the law to treat women unfairly because they are pregnant or while they are on maternity leave.
“It’s a depressing state of affairs that as employment lawyers we still hear from plenty of women with children who have faced discrimination, despite the fact that it’s simply bad for business.
“If you have suspicions or concerns that you’ve been discriminated against then keep a diary. Look at your career plan before and try to gauge the effect your pregnancy and having children has had on it. It’s always useful to compare yourself with other people who were on the same level as you before the pregnancy and ask yourself whether they’ve enjoyed promotion while you haven’t.”

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