Recent changes in the publishing of parental leave policies has been driven by Jo Swinson MP, who wants all big organisations to be transparent on their Leave Policies. She is calling for all companies employing more than 250 people to have to make this information more transparent and easily available and accessible.

Citing research that suggests 54,000 women every year lose their jobs because of pregnancy or maternity related discrimination, according to Jo Swinson, this information could be published alongside gender pay gap data each year, and would mean that candidates could avoid having to ask about these policies at sensitive times such as at job interviews.

"Companies all have to have a 'Parental Pay and Leave Policy' even if it's a simple statutory, but there are many offering more. It's an opportunity for business to sell themselves......I think this would lead to more questions being asked in board rooms and in local cafes, about who has the better policy and that itself will drive progress."

Jessica Chu, Head of Inclsuion at Santander, said that advertising policies allows employees to "really choose who they want to work with and see the benefits that are on offer for them."

The Government has also pledged to publish the 'Parental Leave and Pay' policies of all its departments after an analysis found that only four out of 25 Ministerial Departments had published the maternity, paternity, shared parental and adoption leave arrangements on the careers section of their respective websites.

A consensus is clearly building, and suggests that Inclusive Employers are those that create the type of condusive environment and culture where employees feel confident in discussing their family responsibilities at work.

Businesses have a critical role to play in ensuring that all their employees, male and female, are fully informed about the opportunities available to them and recieve the support they need in order to successfully balance their careers with caring responsibilities.

The 10 Companies are:

  1. Accenture
  2. Addleshaw Goddard
  3. Deloitte
  4. Direct Line Group
  5. EY
  6. KPMG
  7. Linklaters
  8. PWC
  9. RBS
  10. Santander

About the author

Glanville Einstein Williams is an Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist