Facebook & Apple Announce Plans to Cover the Cost of Freezing Eggs for Female Staff

Facebook and Apple are going to help cover the cost of freezing eggs for their female staff, giving them the opportunity to delay starting a family for the sake of their career.

The initiative is part of the so-called “perks arms race” as Silicon Valley firms battle to recruit top talent.  It is hoped the perk will attract more women into a traditionally male-dominated sector.

Facebook is already offering this perk, with Apple set to follow suit in January 2015.

The firms are offering up to $20,000 (£12,600) to cover the full egg harvesting/freezing procedure and storage costs.

Figures from the Office of National Statistics in the UK indicate that many women are delaying motherhood to concentrate on their careers.

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