UK’s big three sign up to shared parental leave in attempt to cut gender inequality

UK’s big three sign up to shared parental leave in attempt to cut gender inequality

Hachette UK’s announcement that it is equalising parental leave means publishing is blazing a trail on the issue. PRH announced a similar policy earlier in the year while, with slightly less fanfare, HarperCollins has also equalised its offer. The policy, taken up by just a handful of UK firms, is seen as key in helping to narrow the gender pay gap, and backers say it could also boost talent acquisition and retention long-term.

Under current statutory shared parental leave (SPL), one parent has to reduce their own leave to share with their partner. The UK take-up of SPL has been stubbornly...

This is subscriber-only content

Not a subscriber? Get unrestricted access to all the news, charts, previews, data & analysis by subscribing from as little as £3 per week.


Why Subscribe?

Every issue of The Bookseller magazine

Unlimited access to thebookseller.com (single user)

The Bookseller e-edition app for tablet and mobile

Subscriber-only newsletters

Twice yearly Buyer's Guides worth £50

Discounts on The Bookseller Awards and Conferences

Click here to subscribe now