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The Startup Maternity & Paternity Leave Policy Survey

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To understand how tech employers approach this important benefit for recruiting, PaperG surveyed 97 tech companies on their maternity and paternity leave policies.

Respondents ranged in size from seed-funded to post-IPO, including:
Inkling
Facebook
Google
Twitch.TV
PayPal
Optimize.ly
Medium
Nextdoor
Stripe
Upstart

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The Startup Maternity & Paternity Leave Policy Survey

  1. 1. www.paperg.com paper The Startup Maternity & Paternity Leave Policy Survey Presented by: PaperG, Inc.
  2. 2. www.paperg.com paper Maternity/Paternity Leave Startup Survey Would you work for a tech company or startup that didn’t have a paid maternity leave policy? 61% of women in technology would not Sample size of 101 women working at a startup or technology company
  3. 3. www.paperg.com paper Employer Survey Methodology To understand how tech employers approach this important benefit for recruiting, PaperG surveyed 97 tech companies on their maternity and paternity leave policies. Respondents ranged in size from seed-funded to post-IPO, including: Inkling Facebook Google Twitch.TV PayPal Optimize.ly Medium Nextdoor Stripe Upstart Maternity/Paternity Leave Startup Survey
  4. 4. www.paperg.com paper 0% 50% 66% 57% 100% 100% 38% 44% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% 120% Seed Series A Series B Series C Series D Post-IPO % of companies that offer paid maternity leave %of companies that offer paid paternity leave Funding Stage! Seed stage companies are completely missing out on female talent due to a lack of paid leave policies. Some Series A, B, and C companies are too. Stage of Funding vs. Paid Maternity and Paternity Leave Offering Maternity/Paternity Leave Startup Survey
  5. 5. www.paperg.com paper Older companies tend to have maternity and paternity policies, allowing them to attract more talent. 6% 6% 31% 56% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% 1 2 3 4+ AgeinYears! % of startups that offer a paid paternity and maternity leave policy! Maternity/Paternity Leave Startup Survey
  6. 6. www.paperg.com Maternity/Paternity Leave Startup Survey paper 33% 63% 85% N/A N/A 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% 0%-20% 21%-40% 41%-60% 61%-80% 81%-100% The greater the representation of females at a tech company the more likely it is to have a paid maternity leave policy. Representation of Females! %ofCompaniesThatHavea MaternityLeavePolicy! Female Representation at Startups vs. Maternity Leave Policy Implementation
  7. 7. www.paperg.com Maternity/Paternity Leave Startup Survey paper 22% 38% 85% 0% 0% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% 0%-20% 21%-40% 41%-60% 61%-80% 81%-100% Surprisingly, the greater the representation of females at a tech company the more likely it is to have a paid paternity leave policy. %ofCompaniesThatHavea PaternityLeavePolicy! Representation of Females! Female Representation at Startups vs. Paternity Leave Policy Implementation
  8. 8. www.paperg.com paper Of the companies surveyed that offer a paid maternity leave policy, 71% offer a paid paternity leave policy as well.   71% Maternity Leave Policy Paternity Leave Policy Maternity/Paternity Leave Startup Survey
  9. 9. www.paperg.com paper 25% 5% 20% 50% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% < 1 1 2 3+ Half of tech companies with paid maternity policies offer 3 or more months. The other half varies drastically. Months of Paid Maternity Leave Offered! %ofCompaniesThatGive PaidMaternityLeave! How Many Months of Paid Maternity Leave Does Your Company’s Policy Give? Maternity/Paternity Leave Startup Survey
  10. 10. www.paperg.com paper 43% 29% 21% 7% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% 50% < 1 1 2 3+ Plurality of tech companies offer less than a month of paid paternity leave. Months of Paid Paternity Leave Offered! How Many Months of Paid Paternity Leave Does Your Company’s Policy Give? %ofCompaniesThatGive PaidPaternityLeave! Maternity/Paternity Leave Startup Survey
  11. 11. www.paperg.com paper 50% 66% 100% 66% 33% 25% 33% 50% 75% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% 120% Series A Series B Series C Series D Post-IPO <1 1 2 3+ We found no relationship between the funding stage of a tech company and the amount of paid maternity leave offered to employees. Amount of leave given in months Funding Stage of Startup! Stage of Funding vs. Amount of Paid Maternity Leave Given Maternity/Paternity Leave Startup Survey
  12. 12. www.paperg.com paper 33% 50% 66% 100% 25% 33% 33% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% 120% Series A Series B Series C Series D Post-IPO <1 1 2 3+ We found no relationship between the funding stage of a tech company and the amount of paid paternity leave offered to employees. Amount of leave given in months Funding Stage of Startup! Stage of Funding vs. Amount of Paid Paternity Leave Given Maternity/Paternity Leave Startup Survey
  13. 13. www.paperg.com paper Immediate Survey Takeaways Funding Stage Benchmarks •  0% of seed-funded companies have a maternity or paternity policy •  50% of funded startups begin implementing such policies at Series A •  100% of startups have put it in place both paternity and maternity policies by the Series D stage and post-IPO. Policy Benchmarks •  50% of paid maternity policies offered 3 or more months •  Typically, paid paternity policies are <1 month Interesting Correlations •  Size of company v. female representation (+) •  Female representation v. likelihood of having paid maternity policy (+) •  Female representation v. likelihood of having paid paternity policy (+) Maternity/Paternity Leave Startup Survey
  14. 14. paper Future Survey Follow Ups Impacts on Recruiting •  Does the lack of maternity leave policy contribute to the gender gap at tech companies and startups as a whole? •  Could paternity leave be used as a perk at tech companies mostly male? •  Do startups attract younger employees who don’t care about maternity or paternity policies? •  Are tech companies better or worse at providing maternity/paternity policies than non-tech companies? Maternity/Paternity Leave Startup Survey www.paperg.com

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