Working mothers

Childcare in the UK becoming less affordable and reliable

The percentage of parents with children aged 0 to 4 who find it difficult to pay for childcare has increased from under a quarter in 2021 (24%) to around a third (32%) in 2022, according to new...

How should HR support employees with postpartum depression? 

According to the World Health Organisation, almost one in five women will experience a mental health condition during pregnancy or in the year after the birth of their children.  

Protection against pregnancy discrimination is a human right, not a luxury

Pregnancy should be one of the most joyful times in a woman’s life, but sadly it can be a period of great anxiety due to discrimination in the workplace, and sometimes even job loss. 

Working mothers looking for new jobs as inflation spikes

More than half (55%) of working mothers in the UK have said they will look for new jobs in the next 12 months, according to research from employment support service Working Mums.

HSE introduces risk assessments for pregnant workers

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has updated its guidance for employers of pregnant women or new mothers.

New mothers' rights in the workplace – everything you need to know

On Mother’s Day it is important to not only celebrate all the hard work and care that mothers do, but also to draw attention to the many hurdles they still face in today’s society, and how they can be...

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...

Four-day week would help close gender pay gap

A four-day week could help close the gender pay gap for good, research has suggested.

Breastfeeding still taboo in the workplace

Less than half (43%) of UK employers are comfortable with breastfeeding at work, according to new research by HR consultancy Peninsula.

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.

Government must cut cost of job sharing, urge MPs

MPs and non-profit groups (NGOs) have called on the UK government to make job sharing a mainstream working practice.

Workplace maternity discrimination rife

Unfair treatment towards pregnant women and returning mothers is still common in the workplace, according to exclusive research by HR magazine