Childcare

Working BME and disabled parents paying higher childcare costs

Black and minority ethnic (BME) and disabled parents are spending a higher proportion of their income on childcare than white or non-disabled workers, making them more susceptible to the affects of...

Guaranteed hours essential to business resilience

Nearly a third (32%) of working adults in the UK are given less than a week’s notice of their working hours, research published by the Living Wage Foundation (LWF) has found.

How can employers champion single mothers?

There are 1.8 million single parents in the UK, the vast majority of whom (nine out of 10) are women. Almost all are in work or want to work, and pre-pandemic single-parent employment hit record...

The problems with Shared Parental Leave

Lockdown 2020 and my wife and I were delighted to find out we were expecting our first child. 

Shared parental leave: The situation in higher education institutions 

Research reveals that the lack of employer support is a major factor behind why uptake of shared parental leave (SPL) is so low within UK higher education institutions (HEI). It’s been six years since...

Working mums lack sufficient childcare for school summer holidays

Nearly two-thirds (63%) of working mums with primary school age children do not have sufficient childcare for the six-week school summer holidays, according to the TUC.

Family planning top benefit for young employees

Fertility benefits, such as IVF support, are beginning to be seen as a fundamental part of healthcare by young female employees.

Pandemic drives UK businesses to improve parental leave

Employers are three times more likely to offer generous and extended parental leave than three years ago, according to new research by job site Indeed.

Armed forces and small charities among winners of the Working Families Best Practice Awards 2021 

The organisations celebrated in Working Families' Best Practice Awards 2021 have been revealed.

News

Over half of UK employers now provide enhanced maternity and paternity pay

Nearly two thirds (63.5%) of businesses offer maternity pay above the statuary minimum in the UK, and three-fifths (60.8%) offer enhanced paternity pay.

UK workers face confidence crisis returning to work

Almost two fifths (37%) of people returning to work after a year away experience a loss in confidence, creating more concerns for workplaces post-coronavirus and beyond.

Caring for a disabled child while working: how HR can help

How many of the employees in your workforce are carers of a disabled child? No judgement if you are unaware - statistics and standard carer categories don’t often differentiate between unpaid carers...