28 September 2023

Bright Horizons Family Solutions has released the report ‘Parental Leave and Family Support Benchmark 2023’. Their benchmark report is released every two years and allows organisations to see how their parental leave and family policies measure up against over 500 other companies and organisations in the UK.

Below are the key findings:

  • there is a growth in the provision of inclusive family leave not tied to gender or role in parenting. 56% of the sample reported some level of role-inclusive leave
  • the most frequently offered inclusive leave is six weeks and the average length of inclusive leave is 14 weeks
  • for maternity/adoption, 26 weeks of fully paid leave is becoming firmly established as the benchmark in several sectors
  • there has been a small drop in the overall proportion of employers reporting enhanced maternity/adoption, paternity or shared parental leave above statutory pay
  • there is a consistent pattern of practical supports provided by employers, alongside paid leave, suggesting that their budget is being shared between other offerings – such as coaching, care, phased returns – and the leave itself

The report also explores what’s coming in the future and what employers should do next. Read the full report, here.

Benchmarking can help enhance an organisations approach on policies and procedures and make a positive impact on the workforce. Keep a look out for the CIPP’s Benchmarking Report 2023, due to be published later this year.

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