Mum-friendly work places do exist

From extra days off to childcare vouchers, where are the best places for women with children or bumps to work?

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Understanding employer – that’s an oxymoron right? Wrong. Glamour magazine has been busy pulling together a list of the best workplaces for women across a bunch of sectors. And there’s some pretty fab employers out there who seem to understand what women who are mums need, too. 

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Forget cardigans and woolly socks, Marks & Spencer has a lot to offer its female workers. Not only do 70% of the staff work on a flexi-time basis (school-run and 9-to-5 just doesn’t mix!), but time off is awarded for antenatal and midwife visits, or if you’re having IVF treatment or trying to adopt.

Bravissimo has thought about more than its bras too, offering staff double statutory maternity leave on top of discounts on all of the range. Innocent Smoothies and Molton Brown caught our eye too, offering staff up to a week’s extra holiday if they’re getting married (quick hurry up and get down that aisle!).

If you’re a H&M or John Lewis employee you can take a career break after giving birth and at Asda you can take up to a whopping three years off! Ingeus even give mums who return to work a peachy £1,000 bonus.

The glitzy world of production even takes its working mums into account, with a breastfeeding room on-site at the Endemol offices. PACE also allows pregnant employees to leave earlier to avoid rush hour – can that one be rolled out to everyone please?

A handy one to mention within earshot of your boss is that if you’re a Thomson Reuters employee, there’s 24/7 backup childcare on hand!

Does your employer offer good benefits for parents? Or do they fail to make the parent-friendly grade? We’d love to hear about your workplace below.

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