I have been tasked with finding out what other companies offer to employess in terms of a maternity package.

We are a small-medium business (currently 70 employees but growth is planned in the near future to take us to nearer 130. We are in an industry that many of our competitors are cash rich blue chip companies. We cannot obviously compete with what they offer employees in many ways but can offer some advantages over them to employees in some areas.

We are aware that many of our staff or potential staff are young educated females. I am trying to ensure we can create a good working environment which leads to a low turnover of staff.

We currently offer only the statutory minumum pay and requirements for maternity leave. I’d like to know what other companies of our size do.

We are very flexible regarding working hours for any staff who have a need.

Is there anything else we can do that will make our maternity package more attractive to employees who may be seeking to start a family without bringing a huge cost burden to the company?
Shirley Miller

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