Following Father’s Day KPMG will be reminding dads and future dads in the firm they have a right to paid paternity leave and shared parental leave as their families grow.
Over the last five years the number of men at the firm who have taken paternity leave (up to two weeks of paid leave) or the extended shared parental leave (up to 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of pay where fathers or partners share the mother’s maternity leave entitlement) has steadily increased - almost two thousand people (over 13% of KPMG in the UK’s overall current workforce) have chosen to take a leave of absence due to paternity and shared parental leave. But, the firm is working to raise awareness to make sure employees know what support is on offer and encourage people to take it up.
Anna Purchas, head of people at KPMG said: “On Father’s Day there will be plenty of dads planning for the arrival of a new baby. Beyond putting up cots and painting nurseries they should also be considering what support is available from their employer to help them in their first few months as a new parent.
“In many high performing industries such as ours there can be a stigma attached to initiatives such as paternity leave or shared parental leave. There is a risk of new fathers and partners feeling pressure from the workforce to carry on with the day job, whilst also worrying that they are missing out on new experiences with their child. We believe that encouraging open and honest conversation, without fear of bias, and providing a number of options to our colleagues, allows them to make the choices that benefit themselves, their families and the organisation most. Three years ago we introduced our shared parental leave policy to broaden our offering to parents and working families and the initiative has received extremely positive feedback.
“It has been great to hear that parental leave in all its forms has been so well received within the firm and the fact that the programmes are gaining popularity within the firm is extremely encouraging. There is so much an organisation can do to support its employees through the peaks and troughs of everyday life in order to ensure they are able to be their best selves, both inside and outside of the workplace.”
A new report called “Helping Dad’s Care” from gender equality organisation Promundo and global beauty firm Dove, has recently shown that a growing number of men would like to be more involved in the early days following the birth of a child. KPMG believes that offering a number of different ways in which an organisation can accommodate this is an effective tool for employers who want to ensure colleagues are able to maintain a good work/life balance.
Last year the firm introduced the “Empowering Parents” programme which supports colleagues through all stages of their parental journey with a particular focus on helping those that have been away from the workplace for an extended amount of time to transition back in to the firm. This includes group coaching for everyone in the firm, with sessions for expectant mothers, returning mothers and returning fathers/partners as well as one-to-one coaching for managers.
Anna concludes: “Ensuring our whole workforce is able to achieve a good work/life balance without fear of stigma in the workplace is essential to our inclusive culture. Being able to empower parents to make the choices that work best for them, their families and their teams is something we are extremely proud of.”
For more information please contact:
Angela Pink, Communications Executive
T: +44 (0)207 694 2679
M: +44 (0)7500100 257
About KPMG in the UK:
KPMG LLP, a UK limited liability partnership, operates from 22 offices across the UK with approximately 14,500 partners and staff. The UK firm recorded a revenue of £2.2 billion in the year ended 30 September 2017. KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. It operates in 152 countries and has 189,000 professionals working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.