Vodafone goes mum-friendly

The telecoms giant is introducing a new minimum for paid maternity leave, which it hopes will help it to keep talented mothers.

by Adam Gale
Last Updated: 05 Jun 2015

Vodafone is overhauling its maternity leave and pay in an effort to retain working mothers. The telecoms firm will offer a minimum of 16 weeks paid leave, which it believes will make a difference primarily in countries with meagre statutory provision. In the UK, parental leave already exceeds this amount.

The firm is also going to provide full pay for a 30-hour working week for mothers during the 6 months after their children's birth.

'Too many talented women leave working life because they face a difficult choice between either caring for a newborn baby or maintaining their careers,' said boss Vittorio Colao. 'Women account for 35% of our employees worldwide, but only 21% of our international senior leadership team. We believe our new maternity policy will play an important role in helping to bridge that gap.'

Vodafone expects the policy to be rolled out by the end of the year, across 30 countries and a workforce of 100,000.

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