Why companies should actively support parents returning to work
Apr25

Why companies should actively support parents returning to work

Guest Blog by Katie Matthews Katie Matthews, Co-head of Sport & Fitness at The PHA Group, discusses returning to work following her second child, why companies should actively support parents returning to work and sharing her job role to balance her career and her family I was asked recently what the biggest challenge I have had to overcome in my career has been, and I was able to answer without hesitation. Returning to work after...

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Mums Forced to Express Milk in Toilets at Work
Mar08

Mums Forced to Express Milk in Toilets at Work

Onein three breastfeeding mums are being forced to use a toilet to express milk when they return to work, a new study has found. Thousands of women encounter a shocking lack of support when returning to work, with 56 percent saying they’ve had to express milk in unsuitable places, including the staff room (18 percent), their car (14 percent) and their desk (11 percent).  As a result, 30 percent said they’ve suffered with problems...

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Parents penalised for working part time and grapple with long hours culture
Feb21

Parents penalised for working part time and grapple with long hours culture

The UK’s working parents are penalised for working part-time and suffer from poorly-designed jobs that force them to work extra hours, according to a major new study published today by Working Families and Bright Horizons. Part-time penalty leaves mothers behind The 2019 Modern Families Index [1] reveals that parents working part time – most of whom are women [2] – have justa 21% chance of being promoted within the next three years,...

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Gender equality needs a new deal for dads at work
Oct03

Gender equality needs a new deal for dads at work

New research published today identifies that it is essential for employers to improve support for working fathers in order to achieve equality for working mothers.   Organisations need to go further than setting policy to achieve this – they need working practices that make it easier for employees to share parental responsibilities between mum and dad.     It is a key conclusion from research commissioned by Talking Talent, a...

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Government’s 30hrs free childcare scheme has reverse effect as in-home childcare prices increase
Sep20

Government’s 30hrs free childcare scheme has reverse effect as in-home childcare prices increase

New research launched today by Yoopies, one of Europe’s biggest online care platforms, reveals the true effect that the government’s 30 hours free childcare scheme has had on hourly childcare costs.   Whilst the scheme has been purse friendly for parents with offspring in funded preschool or nursery places, families using in-home care – such as nannies – have not been so well off.  Prices hiked by 4.1 percent in the...

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Shared Parental Leave – Why Has the Uptake Been so Low?
Aug24

Shared Parental Leave – Why Has the Uptake Been so Low?

Guest Blog by Andrew Weir, Employer Services Manager at Moorepay   Despite being launched more than two years ago Shared Parental Leave (SPL) has not been as popular as expected. In this article we look at what SPL offers, why uptake has been far below expected levels, and the proposed changes due to come into force in 2018.     What is Shared Parental Leave?   SPL was first introduced in April 2015 and provides eligible parents...

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Having it all… the ultimate solution for stay-at-home parents who want to keep their CVs alive and earn extra cash
Jun26

Having it all… the ultimate solution for stay-at-home parents who want to keep their CVs alive and earn extra cash

Guest Blog by Lorna Davidson. The evolution of the recruitment industry is offering hope to stay-at-home parents who want to dip their toes back into the world of work.   For a parent, nothing beats the experience of being there for that first smile, and those very first words and steps. But being a stay-at-home mum or dad also comes with plenty of challenges, including seemingly endless nappy changes and feeds.    ...

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Modern Families at breaking point as parents buckle under the strain of overwork, according to new research
Feb06

Modern Families at breaking point as parents buckle under the strain of overwork, according to new research

The UK’s working parents are struggling to cope with the strain of overwork – and deliberately stalling and downshifting their careers to reverse the negative impact it is having on family life, according to a major new study.   The 2018 Modern Families Index, published today by work life charity Working Families and Bright Horizons, reveals the stress of the modern workplace is pushing parents to breaking point. According...

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54,000 women are being forced out of their jobs each year after returning from maternity leave.
Nov20

54,000 women are being forced out of their jobs each year after returning from maternity leave.

New stats have been released from Equality Human Rights recently which has revealed some shocking figures. Around one in nine mothers reported the following: – They were dismissed – Made compulsorily redundant – Treated so poorly that they felt they had no choice other than to leave their role       If these figures are scaled up to the whole population, this could mean as many as 54,000 mothers a year...

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Nearly a third of fathers believe taking shared parental leave will hamper career progression
Oct23

Nearly a third of fathers believe taking shared parental leave will hamper career progression

Nearly two-thirds of workers say men are less committed to their career if they take up shared parental leave according to the latest Hays UK Gender Diversity Report 2017. Half of UK workers also believe fathers don’t take the full parental leave they are entitled to due to fears of an adverse impact on their finances. The research, complied by recruiter Hays, refers to a survey of over 5,400 respondents from professionals in the UK,...

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Balancing childcare with work hits parents’ health and wellbeing
Sep26

Balancing childcare with work hits parents’ health and wellbeing

More than a third of parents (34%) claim balancing childcare responsibilities with work has negatively impacted their health or mental wellbeing, research has revealed. In a study of 1,123 workers by Willis Towers Watson, only 27% of workers said their employer currently offers childcare support or benefits. Furthermore, a third said their employers fails to pay maternity or paternity leave above the statutory minimum.    ...

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Two in five low-paid mums and dads penalised by bad bosses, TUC study reveals  
Sep15

Two in five low-paid mums and dads penalised by bad bosses, TUC study reveals  

Asking for family-friendly working patterns leads to them getting fewer hours, worse shifts and in some cases losing their jobs, low-paid mums and dads report Half (47%) of low-paid young mums and dads are struggling to manage work and childcare, a new TUC report has revealed. More than two in five (42%) said they felt penalised at work when they asked for flexibility – telling the TUC they are subsequently given fewer hours, worse...

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The case for flexible working
Aug25

The case for flexible working

Richard Morris, UK CEO, Regus   Consider the typical working day. An early start, a stressful commute to reach a fixed point before 9am, a lunchbreak – often curtailed and spent at the desk – and a tiring journey home, leaving the office at a set time to ensure that travel connections are made.  Although the notion of the 9-5 working day was established in Victorian times the fact is that not much has changed regarding...

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Welsh working parents to get free childcare for 3-4 year olds
Aug11

Welsh working parents to get free childcare for 3-4 year olds

The Welsh Government’s have announced plans to offer free childcare for working parents. Working parents will benefit from 30 hours of early education and childcare for 3 and 4 year olds, for up to 48 weeks a year. Parents will receive a combined total of 30 hours of early education and childcare during term time. The current free early education provided by the Foundation Phase will form part of this offer. For 9 weeks of the year,...

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When returning to work isn’t easy –  a surveyor’s story
Jul27

When returning to work isn’t easy – a surveyor’s story

Women’s maternity rights often dominate the news – but even in a supportive company, where rights are respected, returning to work is not always easy, especially in the male dominated world of surveying. Marion Ellis BSc (Hons) MRICS shares how her experience has led her to champion support for other women in the industry. It took my very own mini Arianna Huffington moment after returning to work from maternity leave to...

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