BT’s parent-friendly policies deliver 99% return rate for new mums

BT has released figures showing that 99% of women return to work at the company after maternity leave, more than twice the national average figure of 47%.

The telecoms giant directly attributes this success to its best practice policy on home working and its flexible approach to work.


BT offers its female employees the opportunity to take up to a year paid maternity leave and a range of flexible working arrangements following the birth of their child. This allows mothers to meet the demands of their job while spending as much time as possible with their child.

Fathers can also take two weeks’ paid and two weeks unpaid paternity leave as well as having the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of working flexibly. 

Caroline Waters, director of BT People & Policy, said: “The return to work rate is outstanding for a company of our size. Supporting the parents in your workforce is not difficult, disruptive or expensive, it is just plain business sense.”

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