Less than a quarter of FTSE 100 companies publish details of their parental leave policies


New research by Mumsnet has found that of the FTSE 100, only 23 explicitly publish details about their maternity, paternity, shared parental or adoption pay and leave. For some of the companies, it was easier to find details of perks such as Christmas hampers, contemplation rooms and wellbeing libraries than what parental pay is on offer.


For prospective employees who wish to start or extend their family, knowing what parental policy a company offers can have a huge impact on their decision about where to work. However, 82% of people said they would be reluctant to ask prospective employers about these policies in an interview, for fear it would negatively impact their chances of being offered the job.


One of the 23 companies that does advertise its policies is drinks company, Diageo. In a discussion about the research, Mairead Niger, chief Human Resources Officer for Diageo said, ‘Our policy is very open as being transparent is critical in order to enable us to attract the best talent.’


The full list of the companies that publish their parental policies:

  • Admiral Group
  • Aviva
  • BHP
  • BP
  • British American Tobacco
  • BT Group
  • Croda International
  • Diageo
  • Direct Line Group
  • Experian
  • Johnson Matthey
  • Reckitt Benckiser
  • Rio Tinto Group
  • Rightmove
  • Rolls-Royce Holdings
  • Royal Bank of Scotland Group
  • Royal Dutch Shell
  • Scottish Mortgage Investment
  • Trust
  • Severn Trent Water
  • SSE plc
  • Standard Chartered
  • Unilever
  • Vodafone Group