Majority Of Parents Want Tax Breaks On Childcare
The biggest concern of mums going back to work in Ireland is childcare. In a recent Recruit Ireland poll, 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.
eumom.ie recently called on the new Government Cabinet to introduce a break for parents in the area of childcare (as well as reversing last year's Maternity Benefit cut) and it is clear that this should be a priority for our Ministers in Budget 2015.
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 10 would give up work given half a chance and one in 10 wanted to start their own business.
Worryingly, 44% of mums said they did not understand how the taxation of Maternity Leave Benefit introduced in 2013 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 roughly the same number of mothers have their benefits topped up by employers despite the 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.
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, said: “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.”
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