Facebook and Apple pay women employee's to have their eggs frozen.

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The Silicon Valley giants believe that the perk will boost the number of women staff who can now focus on their career without sacrificing motherhood in the future.

They are the first major employers to offer the procedure and are willing to pay £12,500 to cover the costs of the infertility treatment, according to the Daily Mail.

Facebook and Apple hope the perk will attract more women to work for the company and overall increase the male to female ratio.

According to NBC News, Facebook has begun paying for egg freezing and Apple will start in January 2015.

Shelley Correll, a sociology professor and director of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, told ABC news: "Anything that gives women more control over the timing of fertility is going to be helpful to professional women.

"It potentially addresses the conflicts between the biological clock and the clockwork of women's careers: The time that's most important in work, for getting your career established, often coincides with normal fertility time for women. This can potentially help resolve that by pushing women's fertility into the future."

Oliver Black, founder of My Family Care, the company that helps companies such as IBM, KPMG and Shell, introduce family-friendly working practices says of the idea: "Companies that recognise and help mothers, families, parents and carers combine work and family are winning the war on talent. This looks like an amazing benefit from industry innovators BUT it's only great if it's matched by great working practices & benefits that support employees that decide to press ahead with families earlier in their careers. It needs to be an added benefit - not a demand."

by for www.femalefirst.co.uk

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