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Paid leave of some sort was taken by just under half (47%) of women working while pregnant.
For employed mothers-to-be who returned to work after giving birth, the average break from employment was just under seven months for those women who had a child under the age of two at the time of interview.
Recent starters (those who had worked for an employer for less than a year) were far less likely (53%) to have taken some leave or time away for childbirth. In comparison the majority (87%) of women who had worked for the same employer for five years or more took some leave or time away. Recent starters were also far less likely (16%) to have used paid leave for the birth than were the long term workers (67%)
Of mothers with their youngest child under two, almost two in five (39%) had been employed after the birth, with most jobs being part-time (82%) and nearly half (45%) 15 hours or less per week.
More details are available in Pregnancy and Employment Transitions, Australia, November 2005 (cat. no. 4913.0).
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