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Women Dread Asking Employers About Maternity Leave Benefits – As Information Isn't Available

Did you worry about talking to your boss about the maternity leave benefits available? You’re not alone.

A new report shows just how many women worry about asking their employer about maternity leave benefits – because the information isn’t given out as much as it should be.

In a survey conducted by jobs and careers community Glassdoor, 1,000 working women in the UK were asked about their maternity benefits.

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Out of the 1,000 polled, only third say they were given information on maternity options when they started their job and half admitted they think it should be compulsory that women are given all the information needed when going through the recruitment process.

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Four out of five of the women polled worried that if they asked about maternity leave during their interview, it may lessen their chances of getting the job. And half feared that potential employers may think they’re already pregnant.

READ: WOMEN WORRY THAT MATERNITY LEAVE JEOPARDISES THEIR CAREER

For those already with jobs, almost half of the women revealed they wouldn’t ask about maternity leave until they were pregnant. 43 per cent said this was because they would worry their boss would think they were already pregnant, 37 per cent thought it may seem like they were trying to conceive, 30 per cent admitted they thought it’s not professional and 22 per cent worried it would put them at risk of being made redundant. 


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