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Returners challenge: over 800,000 working mothers’ careers stalled after parental leave

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Research from Totaljobs, the UK’s leading hiring platform, in partnership with the Fawcett Society reveal that over a quarter of working mothers’ careers after parental leave hit obstacles and even stall. This is higher in comparison to 21% of working fathers. 18% of mothers went as far as to say they had been left out […]

Taking time off work when your child is sick: know your rights

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As Covid cases surge in schools, it is important working parents know their rights to take time off work when their child is sick. The TUC provides some insight… Coronavirus infections among children increased in England in September after schools reopened, according to a study by Imperial College London. Many parents of children who have tested positive […]

From reduced hours to unemployment, the ‘Mother Tax’

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Even though the gender pay gap among full-time employees fell from 9% in 2019 to 7.4% in 2020, there is still a 20% salary difference between working fathers and mothers. With this in mind, Bionic, the business comparison experts, wanted to find out where across the UK has the biggest pay disparity. Scotland and Wales have […]

Women optimistic that more new flexible jobs could open up work options

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Seventy-three per cent of working mums are optimistic that Covid-19 will mean more flexible jobs being advertised, with three quarters saying they would be more likely to change jobs as a result, according to workingmums.co.uk’s annual survey. The survey shows the extent to which a lack of flexible new roles has held back women’s career progression in […]

The summer holidays will bring no let up for working mums

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Women have been on the frontline of this crisis – as workers, as carers and as parents. Employers must give them more support. The TUC, which represents trade unions across the UK, has published its findings… As restrictions begin to lift and the summer holidays approach, there is no let up in sight for working […]

What rights do working parents have when there is a Coronavirus outbreak at school?

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Advice by Kate Palmer, Associate Director of HR Advisory at Peninsula… Earlier this month, schools reopened across England as an attempt to kickstart the nation back to some form of normality. Since pupils of all ages have been allowed to return to school, parents have also been able to gradually return to work. However, with […]

What leave and flexible working are parents entitled to during the pandemic?

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Advice by Kate Palmer, Associate Director of Advisory at Peninsula With many children set to remain out of school for some time, employers who are trying to return to normal may see an increase in parents struggling with childcare. To this end, they must be familiar with the rights that working parents have. Denying employees […]

Aren’t able to relax until after 8.30pm? You’re not alone

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Busy parents juggling work, chores and children don’t get the chance to relax until 8:39pm. A study of 2,000 mums and dads found keeping the kids entertained, cooking meals and clearing up after the family mean they don’t get to sit down and unwind until late in the evening. Cleaning the kitchen, making sure children are […]

Working mums: ‘We want more flexibility in the workplace’

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Women are a key part of a growing contingent workforce of freelancers, consultants and part-timers. Despite numerous government policies to attract more mothers back into the workplace, retention is still a significant struggle. To find out why this is the case, John Williams, Head of Marketing at Instant Offices, explores how employers can tackle retention issues […]

Should parents be allowed to bring their children to work during summer holidays?

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By Peninsula Associate Director of Advisory Kate Palmer  The summer holidays can be a struggle for working parents as they look to put in place childcare arrangements whilst the schools are shut.  During this time, employers will likely see an influx of requests for annual leave and may have to not allow some of their […]

Do working parents lose out?

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UK businesses need to do more to help working parents balance their professional lives and family commitments without making staff feel unfairly judged, stressed and anxious. A major new survey of 1,400 working parents by CIPHR.com has revealed that 75% of working parents are suffering from stress and anxiety as a result of trying to […]

Parental leave app to keep employees connected

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My Family Care is hoping to help new and expectant parents in the workplace address their work-life balance through a new mobile app. The Parental Leave Toolkit aims to make HR and management teams more accessible when tackling issues such as parental leave, career progression and personal wellbeing. Believing that in order to support the […]

UK working parents spent just two hours a day with the kids this half term

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Working parents across Britain spent an average of just two hours a day with their children this week for half term, according to new research. The survey of 2000 UK employees conducted by conference call provider Powwownow found that more than half of British working parents (57%) spend just two hours a day with their children […]

The parenthood penalty is becoming a realistic concern

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The possibility of a parenthood penalty demonstrates that behaviours toward working parents have yet to evolve, according to diversity consultancy The Clear Company. In light of recent research highlighting that the gender pay gap remains prolific in the UK and further reports of an emergence of the ‘fatherhood penalty’, The Clear Company has raised concerns […]

School breakfast clubs a ‘lifeline’ for working mums

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New research reveals a third of today’s working British mums would have to give up work if it wasn’t for the support of school breakfast clubs. Describing the mornings as ‘tiring’ and ‘stressful’, just a fifth of working mums and dads claimed they found time to enjoy breakfast with their children, with nearly 60% ranking […]

7 tips to make your return from maternity leave easier

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One of the biggest fears many first-time mothers have is how taking time out to have a child will affect their career. The good news is it doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are seven tips from Sage Singleton of DailyWorth to make your transition back to work after maternity leave easier. 1 Develop a […]

Tech industry leads the way in flexible working

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When it comes to flexible working some might say the tech industry has got it cracked. In fact, new research from My Family Care, the UK’s leading provider of family-friendly employer solutions, and global recruitment expert Hydrogen has revealed that when compared with all other industries, it has the most number of employees taking advantage […]

Mums forced back to work because partner’s income isn’t enough

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One in three mums has been forced back into work because their partner’s income simply doesn’t stretch far enough, a study has revealed. The research found that one in three has even had to cover up money worries from friends and family to avoid awkward or probing questions. A further one in five confess to […]


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