New research by law firm Slater & Gordon has revealed that 40 per cent of managers prefer to employ men in their 20s or 30s rather than women, who are likely to complicate matters (cost more) as a result of maternity leave and child care. Of the respondents surveyed, 44 per cent are concerned about the financial burden placed upon their businesses by maternity leave.
Mums of childbearing age are also less likely to be considered for a senior role in a company. Feeling a tad miffed? Just wait. A third of employers believe that women as not as good at their job when they return to work after being off on maternity leave. And ‘a tad’ just became ‘a whole lot more’.
How, frankly, un-twenty first century is this? It’s really difficult to be objective about such an attitude when it could preclude loads of talented ladies from reaching their potential at work. There is, however, one thing that will throw a spanner in the works – as of April next year; shared parental leave will be a thing. Huh!
To think that stereotype will be eradicated is naïve but proving a point – now that’s doable; hopefully dads will take advantage of the new legislation by staying home with their babies and the world will see…
… that women have got it goin’ on!
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Source: Theguardian.com – “40% of managers avoid hiring younger women to get around maternity leave” (http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/aug/12/managers-avoid-hiring-younger-women-maternity-leave