Shared parental leave is a subject I’ve written about many times in the past. Although the rules that were eventually introduced to update maternity and paternity leave fell short of what many hoped, it’s introduction was necessary. It was a big step in the right direction for creating better equality in the workplace and home.
To use a cliché, Rome was not built in a day. The foundations are in place and the Government has committed to reviewing the shared parental leaves rules in 2018. The results of a new survey from online recruitment specialist TotalJobs provides further evidence the policy isn’t quite working as expected. Many had high-hopes this new system of leave would result in more men taking leave following the birth of a child. For a variety of reasons, this hasn’t really come to pass.
Although based on a small sample of 698 men and women, a consistent theme runs through the findings. The survey found that;
- Only 33% of women and 41% of men know about shared parental leave
- 65% of respondents had no idea if their employer offered enhanced shared parental leave pay and
- a staggering 74% had received no information from their HR team about shared parental leave.
This suggests there is still a lot of work to be done educating employees about the policy. It also seems like employers are possibly not doing as much as they could to inform staff about their organisation’s policies.
The main findings of the survey are outlined in the infographic below. Please do have a read. What do you think are the reasons mums and dads are not exercising their right to shared parental leave? Would you take it? Has you r employer told you about its policies? Please leave a comment below detailing your experience.