Parents

Parents struggling with childcare costs

One in eight (13%) British workers has had to opt for part-time hours to manage the cost of childcare.

The problems with Shared Parental Leave

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

Companies called to report flexible and hybrid working policies

Non-for-profit organisation the Work Foundation at Lancaster University has called on government to introduce mandatory flexible and hybrid working reporting.

Employers can reduce poverty by offering flexible work

Flexible work for parents can be a key factor in lifting children out of poverty, a report on poverty in Scotland by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has found.

A working parent’s lessons learned from COVID-19

At the onset of the pandemic, working parents were forced to completely readjust. Almost overnight, what had been considered 'home' evolved to encompass both 'office' and 'classroom'. 

Hybrid working not a panacea for inclusivity

A report out this week suggests that the adoption of hybrid working models would allow nearly 4 million people otherwise unable to work to join the UK workforce.

Working parents the most eager to return to the office

A huge majority (81%) of working parents at small UK businesses are looking forward to returning to the workplace after time spent juggling remote work with childcare over the summer holidays.

Organisations urged to sign Pregnancy Loss Pledge

Half of respondents to a Miscarriage Association survey said they felt they had to return to work before they were ready, with many not knowing or being told about their right to pregnancy-related...

Working fathers experience momentum for real change

There have been passionate father campaigners for decades, and there have been high profile trailblazers, though only a few followed their lead. But it seems that now there is finally a critical mass...

The silent struggle of carers

The UK has an estimated seven million registered carers - that’s a staggering one in 10 people. That number is only set to grow too, and over the next 30 years, it’s anticipated the total will have...

Comment

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.

Why now is the time to support working dads

A year of homeworking and school closures has transformed fatherhood. Perceived barriers to remote and flexible working have been obliterated.