Estimating the financial costs of pregnancy-related discrimination

This project seeks to estimate the financial cost of pregnancy-related discrimination to women, employers and the state, drawing on a 2014 Survey of Mothers who were in employment at some point during their pregnancy. The survey, commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, provided more comprehensive information on the prevalence of pregnancy-related discrimination than was previously available. Therefore, this project will build on past analyses of the financial costs of pregnancy-related discrimination, providing a more detailed and complete analysis of costs than was previously possible.

The project will involve first mapping the financial and non-financial costs of pregnancy-related discrimination before using a range of available data sources to estimate financial costs.  These datasets will include the Labour Force Survey and the Survey of Employment Tribunal Applications, as well as many other sources, including that on benefit receipt, pensions, childcare costs and recruitment and redundancy costs.  Costs will be estimated over a one year period and will be shown within a range where actual costs are likely to be affected by the assumptions made in producing the analysis. 

Timescale and funder
The project is funded by the EHRC.  It began in January 2016 and is due to be completed by the end of March 2016. 

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