3 in 5 women believe having a child would damage their careers

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3 in 5 women believe having a child would damage their careers
21st October 2014

Forget freezing your eggs - many women living in London believe having a baby poses such a risk to their careers that they would consider not having children at all.

In a study commissioned by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), 58% of women in London admitted they would consider remaining childless, higher than any other region in the UK.  Among working mothers in the capital, 62% said they had missed milestones in their children's life because of work.

Aimee Bateman, Career Coach said: "These figures don't surprise me...they reflect what women have been telling me. There's certainly a mindset out there that if you have commitments at home you wouldn't live and breathe the role or the company.

At lot of the hassle women get is not just from the boss, it's from the other people they work with as well. It's a culture that has to change. I think working mums make great employees, nobody's more efficient than them. You often see those working part-time get a lot done in a fraction of the hours."

Joe Watts, political correspondent for Evening Standard, explains the maternity leave policies of the major political parties in the UK. 

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