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Open Thread: Is the cost of childcare preventing you from working?

More than 3,000 mothers are leaving the workforce annually due to the excessive costs of childcare.

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MORE THAN 3,000 mothers are leaving the workforce annually due to the excessive costs of childcare, says a new survey.

This is costing Irish companies an estimated €68 million.

The ‘Baby Brain Drain’ Citrix study suggests that 33,500 mothers plan to return to work on a full-time basis out of financial necessity.

The survey of over 800 women suggests that Ireland is suffering from a “brain drain” as women say they have to leave the workforce due to prohibitive childcare costs.

Almost seven in ten participants said they would like to see legislation introduced which would see a tax break or subsidy for childcare.

We want you to tell us about your experiences.

Were you in a good job but due to the costs of childcare it wouldn’t be feasible to return? How much are you paying for childcare? Would you love to get back to work but just can’t afford it? What would you like to see the Government do to solve this problem?

Tell us in the comments section below.

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