Tags: working mothers

Plans to boost protections for pregnant women and new parents returning to work

They come into play after it was estimated that 54,000 women a year may lose their jobs due to pregnancy or maternity.

For decades, women in the workplace were openly considered as supporters, enablers and facilitators for powerful men. Most women were secretaries, telephone operators and typists. They were employed to sort out the details that were far beneath the attention of their male employers. Whilst the men did the ‘real’ work, the women busied themselves with…

Half of working mothers have missed a milestone in their child’s life

Half of women believe that having a baby poses such a risk to their career that they would consider remaining childless, new research from the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) has found. The survey amongst women of childbearing age also found that two-thirds of women (67%) are concerned about the impact that having children might…

Job security fears lead some women to take less than two weeks maternity leave

Almost half of women (43%) are likely to return to work sooner than they would like after having their baby, according to a new NCT report. Of those, 47% said this is due to concerns over job security. Some women are returning to work extremely quickly; overall 4% of those surveyed said they took less…

Catherine Muirden: Becoming a parent

Catherine Muirden, Director of HR, Barclays Retail explains the extensive maternity policies in place at Barclays. Becoming a parent is a life-changing event, at whatever stage in our working lives that it takes place. From preparing ourselves for the new baby, to the challenges to our time, energy and resources which raising a child creates,…

Record number of women now in work

Record-breaking numbers of women are now in work – the employment rate of 67.2% is the highest since records began and over 14 million women are in employment, according to figures published by the Office for National Statistics this morning (19 February 2014). The growth in overall employment also continued with the number of people…

Eleanor Rogers: Strike season and childcare – how to come out on top

The latest tube strike may have been called off, but there is another strike planned just around the corner. This time, teachers plan to walk out on 26 March over pay, pensions and conditions. They blame Michael Gove’s persistent refusal to address their complaints. In the past we have seen that teachers’ strikes can be…

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Returning Talent Programme opens for applications

Applications are now open for Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s third Returning Talent programme, which aims to help bridge the gap between being a stay-at-home parent or carer and re-entering the workplace. In partnership with the Mumsnet Family Friendly programme and The Executive Coaching Consultancy, the bank is looking to attract women and men from a range of backgrounds…

New report calls for fathers to be able to spend more time with their family

Families with a traditional ‘breadwinner’ model, where one parent (usually the father) goes out to work while the other stays at home to care for children, are the largest group of households with children living in poverty, according to research published today (13 November) from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). The two reports published today…

Childcare is single greatest cost of raising a child

The average cost of raising a child to high school age now stands at almost £100,000, according to the latest Halifax research. The regional variations are huge, with the average cost almost £170,000 in London and £100,000 in the South East, falling to £75,000 in the West Midlands. Childcare is greatest monthly cost Childcare is…