Less than one in 10 (9%) of employer respondents improve on the two-week statutory paternity leave entitlement for their employees, according to research by benchmarking service and independent information platform Incomes Data Research (IDR).
The Maternity and paternity pay 2018 report surveyed 119 organisations with a collective total of 458,000 employees. It also found that 59% of respondents allow greater flexibility in terms of how paternity leave is taken, such as allowing employees to take the two weeks separately rather than consecutively.
The research also found:
Zoe Woolacott (pictured), research assistant at IDR, said: “This suggests that many employers believe that the basic statutory [maternity] offering is inadequate. They feel that longer periods of fully-paid leave can reap dividends in helping them engage and retain talent, even if not all [organisations] openly share their maternity policies with prospective recruits at present.
“Mothers often take on the greatest burden caring for newborns in their early weeks, which may set the tone for the rest of the year’s leave. And the continuing disparity at many organisations between their occupational maternity terms and comparatively poor shared parental pay provisions can have a knock-on detrimental impact on household incomes where, as is often the case, the woman is the lower earner.”
Originally written by: Katie Scott on 25th July 2018 at 11:49 am