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Mothers – as well as fathers and those who are adopting - are 36 weeks maternity leave with full pay at the consulting firm. Managing director Mark Smith took seven months off to look after his son, commenting “It was important to lead by example, and show people that it wouldn’t affect their career progression.”
TfL's Maternity Leave Scheme is open to all employees regardless of their length of service, and offers 39 weeks Ordinary Maternity Leave, and 13 weeks of Additional Maternity Leave (AML) to be taken afterwards - meaning employees take up to a maximum of 52 weeks maternity leave. The first 26 are full pay, the following 13 weeks are statutory pay, and the remaining 13 are unpaid.
The online marketplace's policy towards maternity leave is “gender blind”, meaning they offer all employees (regardless of gender, country of residence or family circumstance) 26 weeks of fully paid leave to be taken within the first two years. What’s more? say 35% of those who’ve taken leave had been promoted while they were off, rubbishing fears that taking an extending leave means you drop off the career ladder.
The insurance firm announced in November 2019 that it will offer its 16,000 employees 26 weeks leave on full basic pay, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation, or whether they’ve given birth, adopted or surrogacy.
The hosting and data centre company UKFast, based in Manchester, offers employees 16 weeks paid maternity leave, and also hosts an on-site crèche, as well as gifting new mums and dads a baby hamper when their child is born.
Vodafone claims to hold "one of the best maternity policies in the UK", offering new parents 16 weeks of fully paid maternity leave, and a further six months of working a reduced 30-hour week (four days a week) on full pay.
Karina Govindji, Group Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Vodafone said of the policy, “Women need more time to be at home with their baby and the transition back is often more difficult than it should be. Companies are losing too many women in the first year back from maternity leave. Our phased transition means women do not have to make a financial sacrifice to get through that transition period. We think that is a cost worth incurring.”
Netflix is the place to be for new-mums who want flexible working hours after welcoming their child. Parents are allowed to take off as much time as they want in the first year, while being paid their full salary. They can choose to return full-time or part-time (or a culmination of both) during that first year following the child’s adoption or birth, or not at all. The company’s official policy explains, “At Netflix, we work hard to foster a ‘freedom and responsibility’ culture that gives our employees freedom to make their own decisions.
Microsoft offers new mothers 20 weeks of paid leave - eight weeks of fully-paid when they give bith, along with a 12-week paternity scheme for both mothers and fathers, which they can take all at once or in spurts. Real Business say they also offer new mothers the option of going on short-term disability for two weeks before their due date, and lets new parents choose whether they want to phase back into work on a half-time basis.
Twitter announced in 2015 that any employee (male, female, heterosexual or not) who becomes a new parent of a newborn child will enjoy 20 weeks of fully paid time off. Suzy Nicoletti, Managing Director of Twitter Australia commented, "We wanted to lead by example and it plays into our diversity goal of making sure we have a minimum percentage of women in leadership roles".
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