A recent survey has revealed that two thirds of pregnant women are concerned that taking maternity leave could jeopardise their job or career prospects.
The survey, carried out by maternitycover.com, saw 1,300 women from NetMums asked a number of questions about their career. Seven out of ten women surveyed believe that their job could be at risk if they take maternity leave because of fierce competition from others in the workplace. The results also revealed that three in four women feel they have missed out on a promotion since having children.
Zoe Smith is currently working full-time and is waiting to go on maternity leave. She said “There is definitely a concern when it comes to leaving your job and going on maternity leave. Not only is it difficult to live on less money and then return to work to get back into a routine, there is also the fear that other colleagues will start taking on your responsibilities and you might not be needed as much. My employer has been incredibly supportive though. I think the main thing is to concentrate on your child and enjoy the break, although I may return earlier than anticipated.”
Currently women can take up to 52 weeks of leave and will be paid for up to 39 weeks of leave. Women on maternity leave will receive 90% of their average weekly earnings for the first six weeks and after this they will receive £136.78 a week or 90% of their average weekly earnings, whatever is the lowest figure.