Parental Pay Day: Employees left in the dark on flexible working
Mar29

Parental Pay Day: Employees left in the dark on flexible working

New research from LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, has found that a third (36%) of UK professionals believe their employer does not do enough to support new parents. The release of the figures comes as LinkedIn finds today – 18th March – is the day that working families only just start getting paid for the year, once growing childcare costs are taken into account.* The survey of 4,000 UK workers...

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A parents salary across the UK
Mar26

A parents salary across the UK

A parent’s work is never done, is often a term a child hears throughout their lifetime following the picking up of socks, school runs, homework proofing and best friend fallouts. To support that statement, Funky Pigeon have looked into eight ‘jobs’ that are embraced when one enters the world of parenting; cooking, cleaning, taxi-ing, caring, nursing, organising, educating and emotional supporting. With these eight roles taken on by a...

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Employers Need to give More Support to Parents as Survey Reveals 9 in 10 Mums (88%) Face Problems when Returning to Work
Dec21

Employers Need to give More Support to Parents as Survey Reveals 9 in 10 Mums (88%) Face Problems when Returning to Work

Difficulties mean less than One-Third of Mothers (32%) Return to Work Full-Time Recent research from HR training providers DPG has revealed that almost half of women (49%) had to reduce their working hours after having children, while a further one in five (19%) had to leave their jobs. The research, which surveyed 1,000 British mothers with children under 16, revealed that the brunt of this problem is still being borne by women....

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Moving out of the dark ages: how businesses can take positive steps to tackle pregnancy and maternity discrimination in the workplace
Feb23

Moving out of the dark ages: how businesses can take positive steps to tackle pregnancy and maternity discrimination in the workplace

It is only February, but already 2018 has already seen a number of discrimination issues in the spotlight, from the #metoo campaign, to gender pay disparity. The Equality and Human Rights Commission recently published statistics indicating that British employers are “living in the dark ages” and have worrying attitudes to unlawful behaviour when it comes to recruiting women.   The survey of 1106 senior decision makers...

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Maternity Leave Around the World
Feb22

Maternity Leave Around the World

Instant Offices take a closer look at what maternity leave looks like around the world..   Which Countries have the most maternity leave?       COUNTRY DAYS WAGES PAID PROVIDER   1. SWEDEN 480 80% SOCIAL INSURANCE   2. CROATIA 365+ 100% HEALTH INSURANCE FUND (until 6 months) – rest paid by State   3. NORWAY 322-365 80-100% SOCIAL INSURANCE   4. UK 365 90% Employer (92% refunded by public funds)...

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Women On Maternity Leave Denied Same Training Opportunities As Peers
Sep27

Women On Maternity Leave Denied Same Training Opportunities As Peers

  A quarter (24%) of women on maternity leave are not offered the same training opportunities as their colleagues Just one in ten (16%) were given the option to use their Keeping in Touch days (KIT) for training One fifth (20%) feel overlooked by their employer during maternity leave  Three quarters of women (75%) see training as a key way to prepare for their return to work Women are looking to be trained in leadership (16%); IT...

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Why are we asking job candidates about children in 2017?
Aug10

Why are we asking job candidates about children in 2017?

Despite laws preventing it, many women in practice are asked questions about having children, or if they have them, what their childcare arrangements are, during the interview process. A survey by the Equality and Human Rights Commission last year revealed that one in four employers think it’s reasonable to ask a woman about her pregnancy plans during a job interview. Not only is such questioning in breach of employment law, it is...

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Thousands of working mothers cut short maternity leave over discrimination & job fears
Jul20

Thousands of working mothers cut short maternity leave over discrimination & job fears

Despite the Government announcing a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to maternity discrimination back in February, newly released research has found that it is still a massive problem for UK parents and parents-to-be.  The problem is contributing to women feeling unable to take their full maternity leave, with researchers finding: Only 12% of working mothers take a full year’s maternity leave and almost one in five (18%) take...

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Maternity leave around the world –
Jul05

Maternity leave around the world –

Ever wondered how the UK compares on maternity leave and benefits? Instant Offices have taken a closer look at what maternity leave looks like around the world, and how the UK fares against our international neighbours. Which Countries have the most maternity leave?   COUNTRY DAYS WAGES PAID PROVIDER   1.       SWEDEN 480 80% SOCIAL INSURANCE 2.       CROATIA 365+ 100% HEALTH INSURANCE FUND (until 6 months) – rest paid by...

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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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Worldwide debate erupts as Aussie politician breastfeeds in Parliament
May11

Worldwide debate erupts as Aussie politician breastfeeds in Parliament

Australian Senator Larissa Waters made headlines this week by becoming the first politician to breastfeed in the Australian Parliament during a vote on Tuesday. Waters is the first politician to actually breastfeed in the Australian Parliament, but Spanish MP Carolina Benscansa breastfed her son in parliament last year.  A conservative parliamentarian accused her of taking a “lamentable” action, and a socialist MP called it...

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Women’s safety is being disregarded when it comes to PPE, warns TUC
May02

Women’s safety is being disregarded when it comes to PPE, warns TUC

Less than one in three women are given protective clothing and equipment specifically designed for women, according to a report published by the TUC last Friday. So why do employers need to consider men and women differently when it comes to PPE? “PPE cannot protect a worker from hazards if it does not fit. Equipment designed for men may not fit women properly due to differences in body size, height and composition”, says...

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Research proves ‘parental penalty’: women earn 3% less per child
Apr13

Research proves ‘parental penalty’: women earn 3% less per child

Mothers are paid 3% less for every child they have compared to their female colleagues who do not have children, new research from Université Paris-Saclay reveals. Fathers suffer no such penalty at all. Lionel Wilner, Director of Graduate Studies at engineering and statistics school ENSAE, founding member of Université Paris-Saclay, studied 16 years of data from organisations in the French private sector between 1995 and 2011 to...

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The new tax-free childcare scheme – the winners and losers
Mar29

The new tax-free childcare scheme – the winners and losers

Getting to grips with the new kid on the block The launch of the Government’s new tax-free childcare scheme means workers now have more ways to pay for childcare. In order to help employers and their staff assess who’s likely to benefit from the scheme and who’s better off staying put with existing options, such as childcare vouchers, employee benefits firm, Lemonade Reward has looked at the stats. Basic rate taxpayer couple Working...

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Mother’s Day on Sunday, but UK in the ‘relegation zone’ for decently-paid maternity leave in Europe, warns TUC
Mar24

Mother’s Day on Sunday, but UK in the ‘relegation zone’ for decently-paid maternity leave in Europe, warns TUC

New mums in UK receive just  6 weeks of decently-paid maternity leave (90% of full pay) Only mothers in Ireland and Slovakia have worse decently-paid entitlement Croatia tops table with 6 months’ decently-paid leave UK mums get one of the lowest amounts of decently-paid maternity leave in Europe, according to new TUC analysis published today (Friday) ahead of Mother’s Day on Sunday (26 March). The UK ranks 22 out of 24 amongst...

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