We don’t believe parental policies should be kept to ourselves … which is why we’re sharing ours here and in black and white

It struck us recently that when we interview folk here at Hope&Glory, very few women or men ever ask us about our maternity or paternity policies.

It’s pretty obvious why. People – women especially – feel there is a stigma attached to suggesting kids might be on the cards while interviewing for a new job. There’s a history of being judged negatively for doing so.

We feel that’s a real shame.

That’s why we are taking the step of publishing our parental leave policies online so interview candidates – as well as our existing team – can see what the agency offers without having to ask.

Although if you’d like to ask, this is also our way of saying that we’d be only too happy to talk about it in more detail and won’t make judgements if it’s a discussion you broach with us..

We’re proud to offer the same maternity package to all our female employees irrespective of their level.

It pays salary in full for the first 12 weeks of leave, and then pays 50% of salary for the next 6 weeks before moving to statutory maternity pay up to week 39, and then unpaid for the final 12 weeks if someone takes a full year off (which we encourage).

And, while we’ll be sad to lose people if they decide they don’t want to come back to work, we won’t insist that any monies be repaid.

Our enhanced maternity pay package kicks in if women have been employed with Hope&Glory for at least 37 weeks at the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth. Statutory Maternity Pay is paid if they’ve been with us at least 26 weeks at the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth.

We also offer paid paternity leave if men have been with us for at least three months before the due date. Every new Dad is eligible for two weeks of continuous leave around the birth of their child, which needs to be taken within 56 days of the baby’s arrival.

We also offer shared parental leave which we’re happy to discuss in more detail.

But it’s not just about maternity and paternity rights.

If you need to flex your hours around nursery drop-offs and pick-ups we have flexible hours for returners. And we strive to be family-friendly ALL of the time which is why we’ll never question you if you need to dash to a nativity play or sports day.

The above are the edited highlights, but we’d be more than happy to share the longer-form policies if you’re interested in finding out more.

If you’re coming in for an interview, please don’t be bashful about asking questions.

We also hope that by sharing our policies we might just nudge agency management elsewhere to think about whether they are doing all they can to support parents too. It feels that it’s about time we talked about this stuff more openly.