Survey shows widespread confusion over maternity leave tax introduced in 2013

Thursday, July 24, 2014

In a RecruitIreland.com survey released today, 44% of mums said they did not understand how the taxation worked, while 22% said they were not aware the tax had changed. 

The online opinion poll of more than 1,000 parents on maternity, paternity and parental leave, also found that  benefits continue to be topped up by employers despite the ongoing recession. More than half of working mums who had a baby in the past four years had their maternity benefit topped up either fully or partially. By contrast, six in ten mums who had a baby before  2010 received state benefit only.

The majority of parents said they would like to see a tax credit for childcare introduced in the next budget, with crèches being the most popular source of childcare.

The biggest concern of mums going back to work is childcare. Even with dad helping out, the worry was not alleviated. Half of the mums polled who said their partner would be caring for their child also ticked the option “worried about childcare” when going back to work. 

When asked how they feel about working, 50% of mums said they enjoyed working and still wanted to advance and develop their careers.  However, four in ten would give up work given half a chance and one in ten wanted to start their own business. 

When looking at dads’ work perks,  40% of organisations give their employees leave and most got one to three days. Most dads also said their companies were very flexible about  taking parental leave and more than three in every 10 dads have availed of this option. 

Sinead Johnson, Commercial Manager for RecruitIreland.com commented: “We are impressed with the dedication mums showed to work considering it’s very difficult for most to leave their little ones. Although 2% of mums couldn’t wait to get back to work, the majority were apprehensive about it. The term ‘devastated’ was used to describe the transition by one in four mums who took the survey. As a working mum, I know myself what a wrench it can be but it’s great to see ambition and entrepreneurial spirit alive in mums in Ireland.”