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Full maternity leave uptake doubles

Full maternity leave uptake doubles


The number of women taking up all their maternity leave has doubled over the past few years, with many cancelling holidays, house-buying and even wedding plans to fund more time with their new-born child, according to new research.

A study of 4,000 mothers and pregnant women found that two-thirds of new mums take or plan to take their full maternity break, compared with one-third in 2006.

The average amount of maternity leave taken today is just over nine months – three-and-a-half months more than five years ago.

Almost half of those questioned by savings bank ING Direct had decided not to go on holiday, a fifth had put house-buying plans on hold and one in eight had delayed getting married.

A third of those surveyed said they did not enjoy work enough to return early while a similar number were unwilling to sacrifice time with their new child.

ING Direct Chief Executive, Richard Doe, said: "It is clear parents are prioritising taking quality time with their kids and are prepared to make sacrifices to cover the cost of this."

Mothers in the north-east and Wales were most likely to take up their full maternity leave, according to the study.

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