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These Scottish women speak to No.1 about their own experiences
When I returned to my work after maternity leave I applied for flexible working on a set day basis and part-time hours. I was denied both of these and was also told if I wanted to reduce my hours to 22 I would have to step down from my Senior position to Support Worker level (after being with the company for eight years). I ended up having to go back to a 33-hour week and no set days. We were very lucky that our childminder was willing to be flexible with us, I would not have been able to return to work if she couldn’t.
LAURA FERGUSON TURNER
Before I had a child, I earned a third more pro rata. But unfortunately there are zero opportunities to climb the ladder whilst working reduced hours. The Government needs to improve on statutory pay, to protect those who are self-employed or who work for small employers. The gap between council nursery and private nursery urgently needs to be bridged to make it more cost effective for parents to work.
I work as a solicitor and the gender gap is very real. There’s a historic “old boys school” club that’s so difficult to get into, although the majority of law graduates are now female it’s still very difficult to progress to partner, associate etc. I know a lot of the big firms offer support for female colleagues but small firms don’t care. Our male counterparts are paid more and treated differently. However, the Law Society does a lot to help females and I currently work in a firm where the majority of solicitors are female so I’m lucky.