Surprising data: Women and Men Equally Want Paid Parental Leave

Episode 1: Paid maternity leave and paternity leave highly desired to recruit and hire tech talent

A study of women and men in tech asked respondents to rate paid parental leave from “not critical” to “required” to take a job. Both females and males indicated almost equal desirability for paid parental leave. Paid parental leave included maternity leave, paternity leave, and adoption leave. This infographic shows that overall 69% of women and 73% of men highly desire or require paid parental leave for taking a tech job.

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Surprisingly, 1:2 females and 1:3 males “require” paid maternity leave and paid paternity leave benefits for them to consider taking tech jobs. This is not necessarily motivated by a current pregnancy or a current childcare situation. In our study, only 15% of 20-29 yr olds had children. Yet this age band of tech talent highly desires, at a rate of 76%, paid parental leave to consider taking a tech job. These survey results indicate the new cultural expectations for tech workplace benefits.

Parental leave is a competitive recruiting benefit

Of course Millenials receive a lot of media attention for expressing strong opinions about work place culture. An Ernst & Young study showed that 83% of Millenials would be influenced to join a company who offered  paid parental leave. More tech companies who care about hiring diversity and inclusion consider paid parental leave a necessary competitive advantage.  In fact, Netflix and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provide 52 weeks of paid maternity leave. Yes, that would be a full year of paid leave, folks. Automattic follows closely with 32 weeks paid maternity leave. And a quickly growing group of tech companies offer 6 months paid leave. These include: Adobe, Organizer, AO, Etsy, Spotify, Worldpay and Zynga. Fairy God Boss maintains a database of over 1500 companies that provide paid maternity leave.

Tech companies are discarding traditional notions of paid parental leave. More tech companies take the long-term economic approach to the beneficial company bottom line. Government policy makers are also taking note…hopefully for future federal legislation?

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How has offering paid maternity leave contributed to gender diversity in your company?

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