QBEs UK Paternity Leave policy matches Maternity Leave

QBE's UK Paternity Leave policy matches Maternity Leave

 February 20, 2023

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QBE European Operations has a vision is to empower its people to be their best by creating an environment where everyone's contribution and voice is valued, where there is a collective sense of purpose and a community of empowered individuals working collaboratively.

QBE has enhanced its family leave policies and added new wellbeing benefits for 2023 in the UK as part of an ongoing effort to provide a supportive workplace attuned to employee needs.

To support employee wellbeing and equalize the amount of leave available to new parents, QBE is proud to announce that all UK employees can take up to a total of 52 weeks of parental leave, with 26 weeks at normal basic salary.

QBE European Operations Chief People Officer, Emma Higgins, shares why QBE revamped its Paternity Leave policy in order to support the wellbeing of employees throughout their careers.

Revamped paternity leave among employee enhancements

In a move that puts QBE among market leaders, UK employees can receive 26 weeks at normal basic salary for both paternity and maternity leave and take up to 52 weeks of parental leave. The change comes as QBE strives to equalize the amount of leave available to new parents, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation or how employees become a parent.

“It’s been shown that offering extended paternity leave has wide-reaching benefits for co-parents themselves, their children, and employers who gain a more engaged and loyal workforce. This also has a positive impact on gender equality beyond QBE and reflects the needs of dual career families, as time away from work to care for a child can be more equally split. This step reflects our goal of being a market-leading employer to attract and retain the best people,” says Emma Higgins. ​​

New wellbeing and support benefits introduced for UK Employees

Along with the addition of its enhanced family-friendly policies, QBE has also introduced a number of new wellbeing-focused initiatives to UK employees at the start of 2023:

  • Annual leave allowance increased to 30 days
  • Private medical cover expanded to include support with fertility investigations and treatment, menopause, gender dysphoria and assessment and early support for autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia
  • The introduction of Peppy, the digital health app, to provide UK employees with personalized expert support and resources on menopause, fertility and early parenthood

"We have listened to what our employees have been telling us they want from an employer and many of the ideas behind the changes have been generated by our employee inclusion networks. These new benefits further enhance our offering, which also includes our high trust approach to hybrid working. I’m delighted that we’ve been able to take some bold steps in making our benefits offering more inclusive. This is a journey for us, and while the changes we’ve announced apply to UK employees only at the moment, revamping our offering for colleagues outside of the UK is a core priority," explains Emma.

QBE is committed to creating a supportive workplace

QBE wants everyone who joins the company to enjoy the benefits of a rewarding and inspiring future within a culture that is inclusive, flexible and supportive.

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