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Working parents need more support from Government and employers

CIPD calls for a step change from UK Government and employers as research finds that support for working parents still isn’t hitting the mark.

The low take-up of Shared Parental Leave (SPL) and the lack of affordable childcare options for parents with 0-2 year-olds are both major problems that need to be addressed to support working parents more effectively, according to a new report from the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development.

The survey of over 1,000 HR professionals found that, on average, just 5% of new fathers and 8% of new mothers have opted for SPL since its introduction in April 2015. Just one organisation in five (21%) said they had received requests from male employees to take up SPL since April 2015. And in two-thirds (67%) of organisations with mothers eligible for SPL, none have opted in.

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January 19, 2017

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