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Issue:- 3 October 2013

Women wouldn't tell an employer they were pregnant if offered a promotion or new job

A new study released by recruitment specialist shows that 52% of women from the North West would not necessarily admit to being pregnant if offered a promotion or new job, with 59% of those women insisting that their decision to be 'upfront' would depend on the role being offered.

According to the survey, 1 in 3 women from the North West felt like they'd been overlooked for a promotion because they were of childbearing age, with 37% of this group believing they could prove it. A surprising 76% of women from this region felt that their promotion prospects altered dramatically as soon as they had children.

The findings are released in a new report by, entitled Boardrooms and Babies, which polled over 1,300 UK women through the country's leading parenting site netmums, 150 of which come from the North West. The report outlines some of the challenges mums and mums-to-be face in the workplace, and the discriminatory stigmas many women feel continue to exist.

The research draws particular attention to how women feel their career prospects and earning potential deteriorates once they become mothers, as well as their relationships with colleagues and employers.

For instance, 62% of women in this region felt that going on maternity leaves a woman's job vulnerable to ambitious colleagues or redundancy, with 45% of this group admitting that in current economic times people don't think twice about trampling on colleagues to get on.  A surprising 62% of women admit to earning less than they did before having a baby, with only 3% experiencing an increased salary.

Perhaps more concerning than this: 43% of women from this area got into debt due to maternity leave pay. 53% were even forced to end their maternity leave earlier than expected due to money worries.

Despite all this, an incredible 73% of North West women surveyed by maintain that they are better employees as a result of having a baby, with 31% of this group believing motherhood has made them more focused and organised.

Paul Jenkins, CEO of, says:- 'Women face countless unspoken taboos when it comes to having children and maintaining a career. Our survey, Boardrooms and Babies, makes this all too clear. We wanted to drill down into what women really experience, practically and financially, in the workplace when a baby appears on the scene. Only by lifting the lid in this way can we encourage conversation and improve communication between everyone involved.'

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