Childcare

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.

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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...

How shared parental leave is failing women

Women’s stereotypical role as primary caregivers has been exacerbated by the pandemic, with new home-schooling responsibilities being reported as having fallen predominantly on women. Shared parental...

Single working parents unable to escape debt

Single parents are unable to work their way out of debt despite working full time, a new report by charities Gingerbread and StepChange has discovered.

Working parents hit by furlough refusals

Working mothers’ struggle between balancing home schooling and their job has increased stress levels and anxiety by 90% however, they are still being refused furlough by employers.

HR should offer furlough to working parents, TUC says

A last-minute decision by ministers to close some schools after the Christmas break has left many working parents without childcare.

Parents in need of more support from employers

A majority (73%) of parents have said that their childcare needs are different now due to coronavirus, and additional employer support is required.