Research Reveals Discrimination Still Exists For Some New Mothers

A new survey carried out by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in partnership with the Department for Business Innovation and Skills suggests that around 54,000 new mothers may be forced out of their jobs in the UK each year. The survey is the largest of its kind, with a total of more than… Read full story

Government Announces Consultation To Tackle Gender Pay Gap

The Government has announced the launch of a consultation to tackle the gender pay gap. This consultation seeks views to require larger employers to publish gender pay information. These regulations will cover private and voluntary sector employers in England, Scotland and Wales with at least 250 employees.  It is also seeking views on wider action that… Read full story

CBI Proposes A Number of Measures To Help Boost UK Living Standards

The CBI is calling on the Government to offer immediate help to boost living standards by raising the threshold when employees pay National Insurance and expanding free childcare to one and two year-olds. The CBI will launch a new report today at its annual conference in London - A better off Britain. The business group… Read full story

New Research Shines Spotlight On Barriers Faced by Lowest Paid

New research by the CIPD, in association with John Lewis Partnership has been published. The Pay progression: understanding the barriers for the lowest paid report has been written by Tooley Street Research In depth analysis of those ‘stuck’ in low pay revealed that: The majority of those in low pay are women (64%), and although… Read full story

‘Momentum Must Continue To Reach 25% Women on Board Target’

Business Secretary Vince Cable has declared that companies must continue their efforts so that the 25% gender diversity target for FTSE350 boardrooms can be met by 2015. On 2 October 2014, statistics show that: · FTSE 100 – women’s representation on boards has increased to 22.8% - up from 20.7% in March 2014. · FTSE… Read full story

Cityfathers to Launch Later This Month

A new networking group in the City, Cityfathers, providing a forum for working fathers balancing office and family life will be launched later this month by Citymothers. The purpose of Cityfathers, as for Citymothers, will be to provide peer support to those balancing careers and children; to help members achieve flexibility in the workplace whilst continuing… Read full story

4Children Patron Cherie Blair CBE Writes Essay on Modern Motherhood

Cherie Blair CBE, as Patron of the charity 4Children, has written an essay about how life has changed for many families over the last 30 years especially around women in the workplace. A series of essays will be published this year as the charity commemorates its 30th anniversary. The essays can be viewed here   Read full story

Government Publishes Plan To Improve Supply Of Affordable Childcare

The government published its plan yesterday to improve the supply of affordable childcare. The report ‘More affordable childcare’, sets out the government’s plans to improve the supply of affordable childcare for working parents. The cost of childcare is often cited as a barrier for women remaining in the workforce, returning to work either after maternity… Read full story

Women’s Business Council: Talking Is Done, Time For Action

The publication of a report yesterday by the Women’s Business Council has been widely anticipated and welcomed. Set up in 2012 to advise the Government on how to optimise women’s contribution to growth, the Women’s Business Council through their report presents some stark, key messages backed up by recommendations and practical action points. The report… Read full story

New Scheme For Tax-Free Childcare Announced By Government

After much media speculation and debate, the Government has announced a new scheme for tax-free childcare for working families. To be phased in from Autumn 2015, once implementation is complete it will be open to c.2.5m families with children under 12. According to government statistics, the current voucher system only reaches 450,000 families. Worth up… Read full story