Cost of ma­ter­nity

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Career One -

MA­TER­NITY leave hurts ca­reer pro­gres­sion, ac­cord­ing to 30 per cent of women in a sur­vey of 200 by Ta­lent2.

De­spite the need to counter a low birth rate, Aus­tralian women have to face the re­al­ity when it comes to tak­ing a break. The pain was felt more in the prop­erty sec­tor, with 40 per cent say­ing their ca­reer was never the same af­ter a baby.

It’s a Catch 22 sit­u­a­tion, says John Banks, di­rec­tor of Ta­lent2.

‘‘ Aus­tralians are sup­posed to be guar­an­teed they will re­turn to work in the same or sim­i­lar po­si­tion as when they left to go on ma­ter­nity or pa­ter­nity leave. This might tech­ni­cally be the case. How­ever, more than 20 per cent say that oth­ers have pro­gressed their ca­reer while they have been on leave, and taken po­si­tions they were the most qual­i­fied for.’’

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