Boots, DFS and Sainsbury’s Top Rank for Enhanced Parental Benefits – Employee Benefits

Beauty and pharmacy retailer Boots topped the list of UK companies offering the most roles with enhanced parental leave benefits, according to hiring platform Indeed.

Enhanced parental leave was defined as a provision above the legal minimum, which Indeed tracked through the use of terms such as ‘generous’, ‘extended’, ‘competitive’, ‘enhanced’ or ‘market leading’ referring to maternity , parenting or leaving.

In addition to Boots, the top five employers for enhanced parental benefits also included DFS Furniture Stores and Sainsbury’s, while the Ministry of Defense was the highest-rated public sector employer, with a parental leave policy offering 100% of pay during first 26 weeks of maternity leave. However, overall, it dropped from No. 6 in Indeed’s analysis last year to No. 12 in 2022.

Alongside the rankings, Indeed conducted research which found that the number of UK jobs offering enhanced parental leave has more than doubled, up 102% compared to last year.

The survey also found that ads for positions that mention shared parental leave increased by the same proportion (102%).

The total number of positions that advertise enhanced parental leave has increased by 1,316% since 2017. The number of positions with shared parental leave has increased by 279% since 2019.

Top 10 UK companies for enhanced parental leave benefits were:

  • Football boots
  • DFS furniture stores
  • Circle Health Group
  • SSE PLC
  • Sainsbury’s
  • N Family Club
  • Vodafone
  • Hollywood Bowl Group
  • CVS Group
  • Jacobs

Glenda Kirby, Vice President of EMEA Customer Success at Indeed, said: “The first few months of a child’s life are exciting and sensitive times for parents, but they can also feel like a whirlwind and start to take their toll. During this time and throughout their careers, it’s important for parents to feel supported by their employers, so it’s encouraging to see a growing number of people going the extra mile when it comes to enhanced parental leave.

“Paid leave programs help improve a person’s well-being and when an employee is happy and feels valued, it has a positive knock-on effect on their productivity and loyalty. Policies targeting parents and secondary caregivers also help to move away from women’s traditional household chores.

“Work needs women, and by providing better access to better parental leave, employers can help build a stronger family life that we know has a ripple effect in the workplace and society at large.”

Jemima Olchawski, CEO of the Fawcett Society for Gender Equality and Women’s Rights, said: hours are balanced alongside child care.

“It is encouraging to see many large employers offering enhanced parental leave schemes to support women, but also to change expectations and encourage men to take parental leave. This will not only have a positive impact on gender equality and equal pay at work, but will also support equality at home and in child care.”

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