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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Employers losing out on returner talent as women swap industry for flexibility
Jul20

Employers losing out on returner talent as women swap industry for flexibility

It seems that women returners are prepared to change role and industry to get the flexibility they need to manage work and home responsibilities.  Employers wanting to attract and retain returner talent need to build flexibility into their thinking. One in six women return to work in a different function and 38% change industry sector saying their current job offers more flexibility than the one they had prior to taking a break (59%)....

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Organisations team together to help mums into work and progress through part-time apprenticeships
Jul20

Organisations team together to help mums into work and progress through part-time apprenticeships

Young Women’s Trust, Trust for London, flexibility experts Timewise and the Learning and Work Institute are teaming up to promote part-time apprenticeships that will help people with caring responsibilities get back into work, as well as progress their careers. While the number of people doing apprenticeships has increased since the introduction of the levy in April, many – particularly women, people with caring responsibilities,...

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Welsh workplace creche sell off slammed by GMB
Jul13

Welsh workplace creche sell off slammed by GMB

Trade Unions GMB and Unison have slammed the University of South Wales for its decision set to sell off staff working at the University’s popular creche facility based at the Treforest Campus. The facility provides vital nursery places to 100 children from the local community, staff and students, who have campaigned vigorously since March this year after the University threatened closure and the withdrawal of  a £142,000 subsidy...

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Over half of working parents spending up to £1,800 a year on unnecessary childcare
Jul13

Over half of working parents spending up to £1,800 a year on unnecessary childcare

More than a quarter will pay up to £800 on holiday clubs alone this Summer 41% unaware of legal right to take unpaid parental leave to care for their children 75% have never used unpaid parental leave 61% think unpaid leave should extend to caring for pets as well as children 57% of working parents could be spending up to £1,800 a year unnecessarily on childcare cover after research found that a staggering 41% are unaware of their...

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European countries putting the UK’s paternity leave to shame – Swedish fathers get an extra 80 days with their newborn
Jun16

European countries putting the UK’s paternity leave to shame – Swedish fathers get an extra 80 days with their newborn

Ahead of Father’s Day, here’s a few facts about parental leave for British Dads: Just 1% of dads in the UK take advantage of shared parental leave “Two weeks is not enough time off for new fathers in Britain and paid leave for dads specifically should be increased!” A total of 28 countries have better paternity leave and pay schemes than the UK Swedish fathers get a huge 80 additional days with their new-born compared to...

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61% of employers claim caring responsibilities are a leading cause of absence, reports GRiD
Jun12

61% of employers claim caring responsibilities are a leading cause of absence, reports GRiD

Employer research conducted by group risk industry body GRiD shows that caring issues are becoming a major cause of workforce absence. Home and family issues (which are often related to caring issues or the breakdown of care arrangements), plus more specific issues with providing elder and child care are resulting in absence from work and lost productivity. For 61% of employers these issues are a main cause of short-term absence (less...

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Paid paternity leave firmly on the agenda – but shared parental leave remains unspoken and unused
May31

Paid paternity leave firmly on the agenda – but shared parental leave remains unspoken and unused

Annelise Tracy Phillips, a senior associate in the Employment Law team at Burges Salmon LLP discusses why British Fathers are not taking up shared parental leave and why increasing paid paternity leave is likely to have more uptake. In their Election 2017 manifesto the Liberal Democrats have promised to double paid paternity leave entitlements for working fathers. Labour promises a similar increase in the length of paid paternity...

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Tax Free Childcare: an HR guide to the new system and why more parents will be affected than originally expected
May04

Tax Free Childcare: an HR guide to the new system and why more parents will be affected than originally expected

James Malia, Director of Employee Benefits, Sodexo Benefits and Rewards Services discusses that since the Government has changed the way it’s rolling out Tax Free Childcare, more parents will be affected than originally thought. The Government has just rolled out its Tax Free Childcare scheme (TFC), but many working parents will be unaware that this change could impact them sooner rather than later. As part of the launch, the...

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Could job sharing help minimise the parent penalty in senior roles?
Apr25

Could job sharing help minimise the parent penalty in senior roles?

Guest blog by Sara Allen, senior strategist and job share expert for Further & More. The parent penalty is a curious feature of modern work – talented, highly experienced senior staff in whom employers have invested time and training walk away from well-paid, senior roles once they have kids. It’s equally frustrating for parents, and employers, alike. Replacing staff is expensive, costing around 75% of a year’s salary; and...

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Workingmums.co.uk launches 2017 Best Practice Report & Top Employer Awards
Mar30

Workingmums.co.uk launches 2017 Best Practice Report & Top Employer Awards

Including men in the debate around gender equality and embedding flexible working from recruitment onwards are key trends in best practice, according to the Workingmums.co.uk’s Best Practice Report 2017 (available to download from the website). The Report is an in-depth look at what the most progressive companies are doing with regard to gender diversity and flexible working. It includes detailed interviews with the winners of the...

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Are HR recruiters creating barriers to diversity – even for HR roles?
Mar21

Are HR recruiters creating barriers to diversity – even for HR roles?

Guest blog by Karen DeBono, HR Manager – actively seeking UK employment Aren’t HR skills transferable? As a qualified professional, I’ve worked in HR for over 15 years as well as had numerous jobs in a variety of industries including cleaning, hospitality and retail sales.  I think I know about a lot of different jobs and different work environments, and I believed that regardless of the industry, my HR skills were...

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UK working parents spent just two hours a day with the kids this half-term 
Feb23

UK working parents spent just two hours a day with the kids this half-term 

 Parents struggling for family time mid-week due to working hours Working parents across Britain spent an average of just two hours a day with their children this week for half-term – according to new research. The survey of 2,000 UK employees, conducted by conference call provider Powwownow, found that over half of British working parents (57%) spend just two hours a day with their children mid-week, for activities such as homework,...

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Increasing demand for Childcare Vouchers despite recent introduction of Tax-Free Childcare support.
Feb09

Increasing demand for Childcare Vouchers despite recent introduction of Tax-Free Childcare support.

Busy Bees Benefits continues to see an increased demand for its Childcare Voucher scheme from employers and their staff despite the recent introduction of the government’s new Tax-Free Childcare support.  Childcare Voucher are a government-supported scheme which was launched in the late 90s and is designed to make childcare more affordable for working parents receiving their vouchers instead of part of their salary. With Childcare...

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