Talking Shared Parental Leave with a City banking employee (who actually took it)

Nearly three years after it was introduced, it seems that only 2 per cent of eligible couples are taking the opportunity to split care-giving in their newborn’s early months. Shared parental leave has been shown to be good for children, good for parents and good for gender equality, and yet approximately half the general public are still unaware the option exists. If companies want to show they are serious about equality at work, and tackling the gender pay gap, they should consider introducing a standalone period of extended paternity leave for fathers/partners on full pay. Companies seeking to display excellence in diversity should not stop at having attractive SPL schemes, they should advertise them, celebrate them and let them flow into the culture.

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