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Ukip’s Nigel Farage: Women must sacrifice family life to succeed in financial services

Ukip leader Nigel Farage says women working in financial services who have children are “worth far less” than men because of the effect of maternity leave on client relationships. 

The Guardian reports Farage as saying that women who take time out of work to have children are not as valuable to their employers as men. 

He said: “In many, many cases, women make different choices in life to the ones that men make simply for biological reasons.

“If a woman has a client base and has a child and takes two or three years off work, she is worth far less to the employer when she comes back than when she goes away because her client base cannot be stuck rigidly to her.

“I don’t believe that in the big banks and brokerage houses and Lloyd’s of London and everyone else in the City, I do not believe there is any discrimination against women at all. I think that young, able women who are prepared to sacrifice the family life and stick with their careers do as well, if not better, than men.”

Ukip courted controversy at its party conference when its former financial services spokesman and MEP Godfrey Bloom branded a room full of women “a bunch of sluts”.

Bloom later hit journalist Michael Crick over the head with a rolled up magazine and was dismissed from the party.

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  1. Words fail me.

  2. I thought this was 2014 not 1814? Obviously, I will bow down to anyone who can use “I don’t believe” and “I do not believe” in the same sentence with the use of “and” instead of commas! Not only sexist, Nigel Farage is ageist and if one were feeling very sensitive, could misconstrue his “young, able, women” to mean able-bodied – thus anti-disability as well.
    He should keep his unhelpful, insensitive, inaccurate, inflammatory and antiquated comments to himself. Failing that, journalists should not dignify him by printing his abuse.

  3. With comments like that David Cameron need not worry

  4. Come on people. This has obviously been taken out of context. If an adviser has 2 or 3 years off work without contacting his or her clients, I think that it is more than likely that they will not stay his or her clients over that period of time.
    Indeed if the clients had not been contacted then the Regulator would be asking to see the fee agreements to determine frequency of contact under RDR.
    This is yet another example of the press having a go at an easy target to get a headline.

  5. Let me start by saying that I have no time for Mr Farage or his ridiculous party. However although the way he put it was (as usual) clumsy the fact is that at root it is the truth – however unpalatable that may be. I have first-hand experience. I have a niece who had a very senior position in a world famous leading global financial firm. After her twins she tried very hard to go back to work, but in the end the babies (rightly) won out. My other nice also has a very senior position in a world class company (and is in Davos currently at the World Economic Forum). She has no children.

    It is hugely difficult for women, some can manage to juggle, but it does mean a lot less ‘hands on’ with the children. If that is what they can cope with then good luck to them, but for many the maternal instinct wins out.

    It is no good trying to be all PC and modern – in many cases you just can’t buck nature and from a business perspective it is only the largest of firms who can cope with 6 months or more of a key worker missing from the team. I’m willing to bet that the majority of women who did have senior positions and then had children, put family before career. So is it any wonder that some firms (usually the smaller ones) are rather wary when promoting women to senior positions.

  6. I agree with Harry. The bottom line is that men and women are different and make different choices, simply recognising those differences is not sexist.

  7. Nigel Farage merely reflected a reality that many women face & that reality is you can’t have your cake and eat it.

    Last night on TV Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall showed a group of men looking after children in Sweden. They were paid 80% of their annual wage for 12 months by their employers as paternity leave! But before we embark upon that expenditure consider Britain’s total debts is around 950% of GDP. If we don’t control welfare spending it won’t just be women who are disadvantaged in terms of earnings.

  8. 950% you say?

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