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Survey: 60% of tech moms say childcare options are ‘horrible’

To lure employees across sectors into its companies, Silicon Valley prizes itself on having the best perks and benefits. The industry has been recognized for being pioneers in cushy perks like free catered meals and on policies like bereavement leave and tuition reimbursement.

But according to a new Recode survey of 230 mothers who work at technology companies, employers still have a long way to go to make their workplaces inclusive to all of their employees.

Survey: Over half of tech moms say childcare options ‘horrible’

Rating their experiences on a scale from horrible to great, 60 percent of working mothers said their job’s childcare options were “horrible,” citing a lack of daycare options and/or subsidies.

As one survey taker put it, “We had none for my company and it nearly broke my household to just get 2-3 days a week of time. It wasn’t financially sustainable to have a sitter or nanny, or daycare in the city.”

Employers helping out with childcare would relieve the burden placed on families. One study found that nearly one in three families spent 20 percent or more of their annual household income on child care.

Most new tech moms happy with job flexibility

Overall though, new tech moms surveyed said they were satisfied with how their employer handled their return. About half of moms reported their overall experience of returning back to work was a “great” one. When you work in technology, you don’t necessarily need to be in the office to get your job done. More than 60 percent of employees highlighted their company’s “great” flexibility to work from home.

When employees feel supported by their workplace, they are more likely to stay and prevent costly turnovers. More than 80 percent of the new tech moms surveyed said they were still at their jobs a year after having their children. That number is higher than the national average — only 69% of American women go back to work a year after giving birth.

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