Workingmums.co.uk and My Family Care have launched a joint survey on Shared Parental Care aimed at employers.
Shared Parental Leave is coming into effect on April 5th 2015. Another survey aimed at parents will be launched in February and both survey’s results will be published in early April.
One of the main decisions that employers have had to make is what they’re going to do on the pay front: to enhance SPL or not, and whether to change existing provision for Maternity and Paternity.
Previous surveys by Workingmums.co.uk have shown a significant appetite for SPL from both family friendly employers and parents. Workingmums.co.uk annual survey in September found 44% of parents would consider taking SPL. A survey of employers conducted towards the end of last year found 81% welcomed SPL, with 19% – mainly smaller businesses – saying they would find it difficult to implement in their organisation.
Some 13% were still unaware of SPL and 19% were aware, but were unsure what impact it might have on them.
Over half [56%] said they were still preparing a policy on it with challenges including increased paperwork for smaller businesses and concerns about the complexity of dealing with mums and dads who work in different organisations. A quarter already had a policy on it by early December.
The latest employer survey will explore what companies intend to offer in depth. It is completely anonymous to protect confidentiality and will give employers a clear idea of how competitive their offering is in their sector.
Those taking part will be sent the results at the end of March and will have the chance of winning a Kindle Fire in a prize draw.