Unicef UK equalises parental leave and pay for all staff so they can all have up to 52 weeks off.
Unicef UK has equalised parental leave policy for all employees.
The new equalised parental leave policy at Unicef UK will provide 52 weeks leave for all new caregivers, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. All new caregivers will be offered the same parental leave pay as well as access to Unicef UK’s support network for new parents. Unicef offers enhanced parental pay to eligible employees, including six weeks at full pay, followed by 24 weeks at half pay and nine weeks at the statutory rate.
Martyn Dicker, Director of People at Unicef UK, said: “‘I’m really proud that we are equalising parental leave for all of our employees in one policy. This is a genuinely important moment for us – it’s a big shift forward. It puts us in our rightful place as a sector leader in the way we support parents and caregivers to provide the best opportunities for children. I am hoping others will follow our example.
Unicef UK’s renewed parental leave policy has been welcomed by its Child Rights and Business Unit, which campaigns for and advises organisations on how best to support children and how to give them the opportunities to thrive, guided by the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child. This review aligns Unicef UK’s parental leave policy with its family-friendly legislation and positions the organisation as a sector leader in the way caregivers are supported to spend quality time with their children whilst fulfilling their career objectives.