Poll results: Do you agree that female employees should be entitled to 6 months paid maternity leave?

In a bid to boost the nation’s birth rate, the Singapore National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) has proposed paid maternity leave of 6 months for all female employees. The proposal however, has received mixed sentiments amongst the general public.

From 30 August to 21 September, 2012, a short poll was conducted by JobsCentral to find out what most Singapore workers think of an extended maternity leave. The poll gathered a total of 288 responses.

According to the results of the poll, more than two out of five respondents (43%) welcome the idea of a 6-month maternity leave and indicated that it is an appropriate duration for working mothers.

On the other hand, another 26 per cent of the respondents say that the duration of paid maternity leave should extend beyond 6 months.

While a majority is in favor of the extended maternity leave, the poll saw a small number of objections to the proposal.

19 per cent of the respondents say that maternity leave should not stretch beyond the current entitlement of 4 months whereas another 11 per cent pointed out that the current 4-months maternity leave should in fact be shortened.

Do you agree or disagree with the proposal for 6 months paid maternity leave?

We would like to hear your views on this topic at the JobsCentral forum here!