Family-friendly policies, including maternity and paternity pay and flexible working, regularly spark heated debates. Although statutory rights to these benefits have expanded over the past year, a new survey from job search engine SimplyHired.co.uk finds many UK employees feel companies are coming up short when it comes to supporting families.
The largest complaint among survey respondents was the lack of family-friendly benefits. Family-friendly benefits are working practices designed to support work-life balance and include the rights to maternity, paternity and parental leave and rights for part-time workers. Only 36% of respondents describe their company as family friendly and 73% of feel that their company does not provide family-friendly benefits.
Would you describe your company as family friendly?
52% – No
36% – Yes
10% – Don’t know
Does your company provide family-friendly benefits?
73% – No
17% – Yes
8% – Don’t know
Last year, legislation went into effect to extend the statutory right to request flexible working to all parents with a child under age 16. Despite this progress, the survey found that many employees still encounter obstacles when making requests. Nearly half (48%) of respondents said their company does not allow employees to work from home and 30% are discouraged from making special requests when it comes to scheduling around childcare.
What is your company’s position on scheduling around childcare?
30% – Not flexible, I am discouraged from making special requests
28% – Somewhat flexible, when emergencies arise I can make changes
16% – Very flexible, I can adjust my hours as I need to
14% – Don’t know
Does your company allow employees to work from home?
48% – No
24% – Yes, in special circumstances
24% – Yes, for any reason
3% – Don’t know
One of the most controversial topics today is gender equality in the workplace, particularly for women returning to work after maternity leave. According to the survey, a large majority (58%) of respondents feel mums are not treated fairly in their office when it comes to salary and advancement.
Do you feel mums are treated fairly in your office when it comes to salary and advancement?
58% – No
24% – Yes
16% – Don’t know
“Businesses increasingly want to be seen as family-friendly to attract top talent, but this survey shows many companies still have a long way to go to support workers with families,” said Sachin Shah, Director of International, Simply Hired. “It is important that job seekers are aware of their workplace rights and thoroughly research potential employers to ensure that the benefits and policies they need will be provided.”
For tips on finding a family-friendly employer, please visit the Simply Hired UK Blog: www.blog.simplyhired.co.uk.
Notes to Editors:
• SimplyHired.co.uk is part of the Simply Hired network, which includes global sites in five continents, 17 countries and eight languages and 10,000 partner sites, including social networks, blogs and media outlets.
• SimplyHired.co.uk is a job search engine that enables job seekers to quickly and efficiently search thousands of job listings from job boards, content sites, newspapers, organisations and company career sites.
• Recruiters, human resources professionals and job boards leverage SimplyHired.co.uk to increase visibility among job seekers and drive qualified traffic to their websites.
About Simply Hired
With more than five million job listings worldwide, Simply Hired (www.SimplyHired.co.uk) is the world’s largest job search engine and recruitment advertising network. The company powers jobs on over 10,000 network partner sites including popular social networks, blogs, media outlets and niche websites. It operates global sites in five continents, 17 countries and eight languages. Simply Hired has been lauded as one of the “50 Coolest Websites” by Time magazine, a “Top 100 Website” by PC Magazine and the “Best of the Web” by BusinessWeek. Simply Hired has raised £13.5 million in funding from IDG Ventures SF, News Corporation’s Fox Interactive Media, Foundation Capital, Garage Technology Ventures and individual investors. The company is privately held and is based in Mountain View, California U.S.A.
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