Four ways to help employees with children
Sep10

Four ways to help employees with children

With many UK employees wearing increasingly varied hats outside of work- from parenting to caring or volunteering-it is important that employers understand the, often round-the-clock, challenges facing their workforces.  As workplace restrictions start to ease and school holidays end, the weekly routine will be back in full swing with many seeking a work-life balance once again. To help Amy Tomlinson, Head of HR at MetLife UK...

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Quarter of working women say help with childcare is top benefit employer can provide
Jul15

Quarter of working women say help with childcare is top benefit employer can provide

With one in four companies losing employees to caregiving responsibilities last year, Bubble – the UK’s leading provider of flexible, on-demand childcare – has compiled a report detailing how businesses should improve support for families to increase return on investment. It states that three quarters of women have the greatest responsibilities for childcare and unsatisfactory options are obliterating their careers....

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Why shared parental leave matters
May14

Why shared parental leave matters

Rachel Duncan, Director of HR, at Experian We know having a diverse and inclusive organisation is good not only for its employees, but for the business itself. It makes an organisation a better place to work; it creates equality of opportunity; it delivers better results and innovation for the business and more value for shareholders.  Most importantly, it’s the right thing to do. For an organisation like Experian, where our job...

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Childcare is more expensive than a University Degree
Jan16

Childcare is more expensive than a University Degree

The Government has released its Childcare and Early Years Survey of Parents 2019, reporting a rise in the number of families that found it “difficult” or “very difficult” to meet their childcare costs. In conjunction with this survey, new research led by childcare platform, Yoopies UK , reveals that the UK ranks in thetop three most expensive countries for childcare in Europe, surpassing the price of UK University tuition fees....

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Maintaining professionalism in the workplace after having children
Oct11

Maintaining professionalism in the workplace after having children

After experiencing the life-changing and wonderful process of having children, going back to work can be quite a daunting and difficult time. It may be challenging for you to go back to your pre-baby routine, and knowing you have a child waiting for you to come home to adds a completely new dynamic. The knowledge that your little one depends on you, along with the lack of time that parents have to themselves, can result in a reduction...

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Top tips on how to reduce the gender pay gap in business
Jun03

Top tips on how to reduce the gender pay gap in business

Guest blog by Jason Downes, MD of PowWowNow While there have been significant improvements in gender equality across the workplace in recent years, last year nearly 45 percent of UK companies reported that their gender pay gap had in fact increased. Further, research from Denmark has found an intrinsic link between the widening gender pay gap and having children. In the initial months after having their first child, women’s earnings...

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Employers must end the stigma against mothers working part-time
May07

Employers must end the stigma against mothers working part-time

Mothers in the UK continue to face greater obstacles than fathers in their careers if they embrace part time and flexible working, according to a major new study. The 2019 Modern Families Index: Employer Report published today by Working Families and Bright Horizons highlights the urgent need for employers to offer flexible and part time work without penalty. Mothers disproportionately disadvantaged by working part-time The Index...

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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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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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New research: Parents penalised for working part time and grapple with long hours culture
Feb07

New research: 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 just a 21% chance of being promoted within the next three years,...

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Dads demand more flexible working
Oct11

Dads demand more flexible working

– Surveys show the need for more flexible working for mums and dads As more and more women are staying in the workplace after having children – and often full time – parents are demanding greater flexibility, but dads are still being held back by old-fashioned policies and fears that their employer will react negatively to requests to work flexibly, according to two new Workingmums.co.uk surveys....

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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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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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Employers must introduce more flexibility to support new Fathers who are physically and emotionally worn out
Jun06

Employers must introduce more flexibility to support new Fathers who are physically and emotionally worn out

It’s Men’s Health Week from 11-17 June, an annual event that seeks to raise awareness about health issues affecting men. This year the focus is on diabetes, but previous years have looked at waistlines, stress and work and health issues.   Talking Talent, a coaching consultancy leading the gender diversity agenda is marking this week by highlighting the challenges and pressures facing new Dads at work and calling on employers to...

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