You are here: Home - Household Bills - News -

Employers should stop hiding parental leave policies

Written by:
Parenting website Mumsnet is calling on large companies to publish their parental leave and pay policies so people don’t have to ask for the information when they apply for a new job.

The website said concealing this information was a “hidden form of discrimination” affecting people returning to work or switching jobs.

Eight out of ten parents and prospective parents surveyed by Mumsnet said they were reluctant to ask potential employers about parental leave policies because they feared it ‘would make a job offer less likely’.

Two thirds said they had found it difficult or impossible to find this information when considering a position.

Last year, 10 large firms including Santander, Deloitte and Accenture, agreed to publish online what they offer parents in terms of leave and pay.

The change was driven by LibDem Deputy Leader Jo Swinson who is calling on the government to require employers of more than 250 people to publish their parental pay and leave policies.

She said: “I am delighted to have Mumsnet support my campaign for employers publishing parental leave and pay policies. This research highlights why transparency on parental pay policies is so vital. Four in five people say they wouldn’t be comfortable asking about parental pay at interview, and my Bill would mean they could find the information without having to ask.

“This is an easy and simple step that all employers can take to create a more supportive culture for new parents. If we are serious about tackling discrimination against new parents and pregnant women, this is one small but important change that is needed.”

Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts said: “This is a hidden form of discrimination that’s gone on for way too long. Women thinking about starting or adding to their families are finding it impossible to make informed judgements about job offers, and dads who want to play their full part are increasingly finding themselves in the same position. They’re in a double-bind, because even asking the question can mean they go no further in an application process.”

There are 0 Comment(s)

If you wish to comment without signing in, click your cursor in the top box and tick the 'Sign in as a guest' box at the bottom.

Unfamiliar banks woo savers with top rates…is your money safe?

If you’ve been keeping an eye on the savings best buy tables, you’ll have noticed some unfamiliar names lu...

What the base rate rise means for you

The Bank of England has raised the base rate by 0.25% to 0.5% – following on from the increase from 0.1% to ...

How to get help with your energy bills

The rise in the energy price cap from April will mean millions of households will pay hundreds of pounds a yea...

What will happen if rates change

How your finances will be impacted by a rise in interest rates.

Regular Savings Calculator

Small regular contributions can build up nicely over time.

Online Savings Calculator

Work out how your online savings can build over time.

Having a baby and your finances: seven top tips

We’re guessing the Duchess of Cambridge won’t be fretting about maternity pay or whether she’ll still be...

Protecting family wealth: 10 tips for cutting inheritance tax

Inheritance tax - sometimes known as 'death tax' - can cause even more heartache for bereaved families. But th...

Travel insurance: Five tips to ensure a successful claim

Ahead of your summer holiday, it’s important to make sure you have the right level of travel cover or you co...

Money Tips of the Week