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Key Findings: Trends in Hiring Working Mothers
- Compared to a year ago 8% net fewer companies globally intend to hire returning mothers.
- The highest falls in intentions to hire working mums are found in South Africa (20% net), in the USA (18% net), in Spain and Germany (15% net).
- Only in the Netherlands have companies increased their expectation to hire more working mothers, up 4%.
- 31% of businesses have concerns about hiring returning mothers. These range from: the worry they may shortly take time off to have another baby; to lack of commitment; to out of date skills.
- However, more than double that number — fully 72% of firms — appreciate working mums as a valuable part of the employment pool.
- Net appreciation of returning mothers is highest in Japan (54%), Mexico (48%), Australia and Canada (38%) and lowest in India (11%) and South Africa (17%).
- Main concerns with hiring working mums are: lack of commitment (37%), risk of another maternity after a short time (33%), and out of date skills (24%).
- There is wide consensus (87%) that flexible working practices are family friendly suggesting that these measures are ideal to retain and attract this part of the employment pool.
- 70% of businesses also believe that flexible working practices are less expensive than fixed working.
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What’s your view? Are you a working mum, finding the job market to be tough and inflexible? Or perhaps a boss of a small business putting in extra hours to cover for a team member on maternity leave?