Pregnant & losing my job!!!

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Bambino2015 Posts: 15
I just found out last week that im pregnant, im currently working in a contract position which is due to finish up in February, i spoke to my manager yesterday and asked if my contract might be renewed and he said definitely not as they dont have the budget to renew the contract, im totally devastated as i thought for sure i would get at least an extra 3 months.Im going to be four months pregnant in February with no job, and I don't think ill even be entitled to maternity benefit as i won't be far enough along, jobs are very hard to find where i live and it'll be even harder to find one whilst pregnant!!! I dont know what to do, im starting to panic a little, my husband is self employed and his work isnt guarenteed either. Anyone got any advice on what i would be entitled to or got experience of trying to find a new job whilst pregnant??
BabyMamma2012 Posts: 127
You should still be entitled to maternity benefit Bambino once you've been paying prsi, maybe ring your local social welfare office for confirmation but 99% sure you'll get it.
westcoastdreamer Posts: 41
Deffo look into leave and benefits as it sounds like you'll almost definitely qualify! Job hunting when pregnant - yes, I applied for a job when visibly pregnant that I didn't get, I later applied for the exact same job in same place (not pregnant) and did get it… however I would NEVER discourage anyone from interviewing when pregnant, if they're good employers and you are the best candidate they will work around you (the above job I mentioned unfortunately were terrible employers - not hiring me when I had a bump despite gushing about how great I was should have been a red flag!) I work from home now, I've been blogging about my experience (need to update with a new post as it's going very well), if you want to read about my experience of it you can here: and *hugs* - its the last thing you want right now when you want to feel settled for the baby, but these things have a way of working out, best of luck xx
MrsDraper Posts: 146
God love you OP, it's not easy. You will be entitled to State maternity benefit once you paid taxes in 2013/2014 (have a look on Citizens Information website for how entitlements are calculated, there is more than 1 way to be eligible...the website is very informative). It's €188 per week for 26 weeks (6 mths) paid straight into your bank account every Monday (or prior Friday if bank holiday weekend). You will also register for child allowance after the baby is born, €135 per month until the child is 16, if I recall correctly. Paid straight into your bank account the first Tuesday of every month. Congrats on the pregnancy & despite job woes it is still a special time, do not let job stresses affect your health in any way, the baby is most important thing. Things have a way of working out. You might be able to get a 3 month contract somewhere else to keep you going after Feb if you contact a few agencies, fingers crossed for you OP. Don't be afraid to ring Citizens Advice Bureau, I have on more than one occasion and they have always been super helpful. It's anonymous so you can lay out all your circumstances without involving the Revenue. I too was on a contract and it ended when I went on maternity leave. I now have an 8 month old baby & am looking for a new job. Also live in a rural area so not many jobs in my line of business (nevermind being fussy hoping to get one that has flexi-time or any family-friendly benefits ;o( )
MrsDraper Posts: 146
[quote="westcoastdreamer ":2egjjxxm]I applied for a job when visibly pregnant that I didn't get, I later applied for the exact same job in same place (not pregnant) and did get it… not hiring me when I had a bump despite gushing about how great I was should have been a red flag!) [/quote:2egjjxxm] Says it all really eh. I would be surprised at any employer hiring an obviously pregnant candidate, unless it was in a very specialised field perhaps, as they will have to re-hire quickly to cover maternity leave.
westcoastdreamer Posts: 41
I know other people who did get new jobs when visibly pregnant, but it does depend on whether the organisation is looking to invest in the right people long term or not, not so good employers have more turnover so they just want someone in to cover the shortfall NOW soo… in a funny way it's kinda a good thing to be pregnant as it weeds out the rubbish high turnover jobs for you… or it would be if it wasn't for the urgency of needing a new job soon xx
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