Finding a job while pregnant

Trying to find a job while you're expecting a baby can make what is already a fairly stressful time very trying indeed. However, there's no reason why you can't secure a new role during this exciting period of your life - here's some expert advice that we hope will make the job-hunting process as easy possible:

Do I have to disclose that I'm pregnant?

Potential employers are not allowed to ask whether you're planning to have a baby when deciding whether or not to hire you (and if you choose to inform them of your pregnancy, this cannot affect their final decision). According to UK law, you must be given the same consideration as a candidate who is not pregnant.

What should I look for in a new job?

You need to carefully consider how your situation is going to change over the course of your pregnancy and beyond. Important logistical questions include:

  • How flexible are the hours?
  • How will you get to work, and how long will the journey take?
  • Will you need childcare after the baby arrives, and will it be available near your place of work?
If at all possible, you don't want your new job to add too much extra stress to your life at this busy time.

Will I be entitled to parental leave?

Yes - if you are giving birth, you are legally entitled to 26 weeks of statutory leave, regardless of how long you've been in your job or how much you get paid. Whether your employer offers any further maternity leave after this will depend on the company's own policies.

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