Telegraph reducing paid paternity leave

The Telegraph is reducing its paid paternity leave from six to two months.

working dads want more time with their families

Working dads, particularly younger dads, want to spend more time with their families

The Telegraph is reducing its paternity pay scheme from six months to two months from April.

It had announced the equal parental leave policy in 2018 as a way of reducing the gender pay gap. At the time it presented the policy as fairly ground-breaking, saying it was “one of only a few companies in the UK” to offer it. It was promoted with case studies and blogs.

In its announcement this week the newspaper said: “From 1st March 2023, Telegraph Media Group will reduce paternity/partner leave from six months of paid leave to two months, due to operational challenges. TMG is committed to supporting staff through its comprehensive employee benefit package, and has introduced two new policies effective immediately, supporting Paid Dependant Leave and Paid Fertility Leave”.

The announcement comes as a survey found disappointment over the poor level of paternity leave offered by the Government, which remains at up to two weeks at a rate of £156.66, or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower). Shared parental leave is also available to new parents who can receive pay for the first 39 weeks of this.
The UK’s Statutory Adoption Leave allows to 52 weeks off work, with some pay for 39 weeks.
According to the survey by instantprint, four in 10 parents (40%) said they believe the current remuneration packages for Statutory Maternity and Paternity Leave are ‘less than adequate’. The number of dads who take statutory paternity leave is very low – at around a third – mainly due to the remuneration offered.
Laura Mucklow, Head of instantprint, said: “It’s clear to see that not all countries are built equal when it comes to their government’s policies on maternity and paternity leave, with some countries offering no official policies at all versus others letting new parents over a year off to be with their child.
Following the results of their survey, instantprint were also eager to highlight which countries around the world were the best for working parents when comparing government policies with average costs of living and childcare for 31 different countries across the world.
The rankings found that Sweden is the best country for working parents in 2022. Sweden does not have Statutory Maternity or Paternity Leave, instead offering Shared Parental Leave which is set at 240 days (34 weeks) per parent, usually at 80% of normal salary – so a total of 480 days can be distributed between the parents accordingly. Joining Sweden in the top five were Bulgaria, Hungary, Finland, and Romania.

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