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Vodafone introduces worldwide maternity policy to recruit & retain women

Author: Lucy Hooker, BBC News, Published on: 9 March 2015

"Vodafone offers global maternity equality", 6 March 2015

Vodafone is introducing a worldwide maternity policy, offering significantly better terms than the statutory minimum in many of the countries where it operates. The policy includes a minimum of 16 weeks fully-paid maternity leave. New mothers returning to work will be offered a 30-hour week on full pay for the first six months. The company said one of the main motivations was to recruit and retain women. The policy will be introduced by the end of 2015 in all the countries where Vodafone's operates including Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the US...Vodafone estimates around 1,000 women will be positively impacted by the changes…[T]he employer review website, Glassdoor, welcomed Vodafone's new policy saying it appeared to be a global "first of its kind" package…KPMG concluded that the costs of a more generous maternity provision were outweighed by the costs of replacing women leaving the workforce…

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