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An independent Task Force has been set up to help retain top talent within the communications industry and narrow the ever increasing gender diversity gap among senior women returning from maternity leave.

This is in direct response to a national survey conducted by Hanson Search and the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), which revealed a record 13.4% of senior employees think employers are out of touch with working mums. These employees plan to quit the industry in the next two years if employers continue to deny flexible provisions for those wishing to return from maternity leave, and maintain negative attitudes.

The survey, which interviewed 550 women and men working within communications, revealed:

  • 9.4% of employers felt they had serious reservations about hiring women aged between 30-40 years old fearing they would, at some point, fall pregnant,
  • 62% of employees feel that they will be discriminated against if they were to become pregnant, and
  • 49.3% of respondents have observed issues or problems among colleagues directly related to their return from maternity leave, such as difficulty with flexible working hours (64.6%), reduction in perceived status (59.9%) and negotiating part-time employment (53.2%).

Around 80% of interviewees believe that flexible working is beneficial to both the employer and employee in terms of time management and time efficiency, with 83.8% suggesting it would be good practice for organisations to implement such strategies.

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