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40% of managers avoid hiring younger women

According to a survey of 500 managers carried out by Slater & Gordon:

  • More than 40% of managers were wary of hiring a woman of childbearing age;
  • A third of managers said they would rather employ a man in his 20s or 30s, than a woman;
  • A third of managers claim that women are not as good at their jobs when they return from maternity leave;
  • A quarter of managers would rather hire a man to get round the issues of child care when a woman does return to work; and
  • 44% of managers say the financial cost of maternity leave to their business is a significant concern.

Jo Swinson, Employment relations minister has stated that the introduction of shared parental leave from April 2015 will help to stamp out these ‘outdated stereotypes’. However, the anticipated uptake of shared parental leave is 2 – 8% so it will remain to be seen whether this will result in a significant change in perception of women and maternity.


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