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The UK is among the least family-friendly of the world’s richest countries, according to a Unicef assessment of policies on child care and parental leave

In a recent league table on parental leave for women and men and early years childcare enrolment, the UK came out in the bottom third of countries, which is well behind France and Germany and the table-toppers Sweden, Norway and Iceland, although ahead of Greece and Switzerland.

Women that live in Estonia receive a massive 85 week’s maternity leave with full pay, which is seven times more than in those from the UK, 6 weeks at 90% pay and 33 weeks at a lower rate, equivalent to 12 weeks of full pay, according to the Guardian data.

Recently some employers offer better terms and the drinks maker Diageo announced in April that all its 4,500 UK staff would be able to take 26 weeks’ parental leave at full pay as part of a new policy operating in 13 countries and another brewer, Molson Coors has implemented a “life leave” offering it’s workers up to two weeks’ extra paid leave as part of flexible working practise for “significant moments in life…” (The Times, 8th July 2019).

Unicef says family-friendly policies matter because they underpin not only the personal development of children but the establishment of “cohesive societies

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jun/13/parental-leave-uk-among-least-family-friendly-countries-oecd-survey

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