Advancing UK Aerospace, Defence, Security & Space Solutions Worldwide
  • Home
  • /
  • Security
  • /
  • Serco enhances maternity and paternity leave

Security

Serco enhances maternity and paternity leave

On International Women’s Day Serco has announced that it has extended its maternity and paternity leave benefits, aligning with its commitment to fostering a diverse and supportive workplace for all.

Image courtesy Serco

In the UAE, Serco employees’ maternity leave has been extended from 60 to 90 calendar days with full pay, with an additional 30 calendar days at half pay. Whilst in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), maternity leave has been extended from 70 to 90 calendar days with full pay, with an additional 30 calendar days at half pay.

Advertisement
Marshall RT

The new benefit exceeds entitlements provided in local labour laws by an additional 45 calendar days at full pay and 15 days half pay in the UAE and 20 calendar days full pay and 30 calendar days half pay in KSA. In addition, Serco’s family-friendly policies includes up to one-year’s paid leave for women who have recently had a baby.

Recognising the importance of providing new fathers with time to welcome in their new arrival, Serco has also extended its paternity leave policy from five days to 10 days.

This progressive approach to employee benefits mirrors Serco's broader commitment to gender equality. With an executive leadership team comprising of 44% women and 42% of critical management roles held by female employees, the trajectory towards an equitable workplace is clear. The company also witnessed a notable rise in national females joining the business since last year, with 70 women joining in 2023 (up from 30 in 2022), marking an increase of 133%.

Advertisement
Marshall RT

Also, 19% of promotions and new roles went to women in 2023, signaling the effectiveness of its inclusive policies and the wider commitment to bringing the government’s national visions to life. New mothers are also encouraged to make the most of a wealth of family-friendly policies offered, which includes hybrid flexible working and reduced nursing hours so that mothers can balance their work schedules with their parental duties.

Samantha Rowles (above), Operations Director – Transport at Serco Middle East said: "At Serco we are committed to establishing a workplace where diversity thrives and career advancement, regardless of gender, is supported through internal policies and strategy. Our enhanced parental leave policies are a testament to this commitment, serving as a cornerstone in our ambition to be an employer of choice for women and parents in the Middle East.

"As we celebrate International Women’s Day, our improved leave benefits symbolise our investment in employee wellbeing and our pledge to cultivate a workforce where every member is valued and given the tools to succeed. We understand the importance of a supportive start for families and are dedicated to consistently promoting a work-life balance that meets the evolving needs of all our employees."

The new parental benefits from Serco add to a suite of other work-life balance benefits that employees at the company can enjoy. As part of its Total Reward offering, which relates to the company’s investment in Wellbeing, Work Environment, Development and Engagement, employees are offered training courses, wellbeing weeks, onsite health checkups, Award-recognitions, as well as regular performance and career check-ins to aid their career development. Such benefits highlight Serco’s ambition and commitment to providing the right environment and culture for women to thrive in, nurtured carefully by its Total Reward and value proposition.

Advertisement
Advanced Navigation LB 1
Mitie Care & Custody awarded contract for UK’s first all-electric ‘green’ prison

Security

Mitie Care & Custody awarded contract for UK’s first all-electric ‘green’ prison

24 April 2024

Mitie Care & Custody has been awarded the contract to operate HMP Millsike, the UK’s first all-electric prison that will provide around 1,500 places. 

UK Fire and Rescue Service convoy to deliver equipment to Ukraine

Security

UK Fire and Rescue Service convoy to deliver equipment to Ukraine

23 April 2024

A convoy of life saving fire and rescue service equipment, coordinated by FIRE AID, will begin its journey to Ukraine today to deliver vital equipment to Ukrainian firefighters.

NCSC appoints Richard Horne as new CEO

Security

NCSC appoints Richard Horne as new CEO

23 April 2024

Richard Horne has been appointed as the new CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and GCHQ Board member.

Smith Myers

Aerospace Security

Smith Myers' ARTEMIS selected by Nova Systems for Coast Guard SAR contract

23 April 2024

Smith Myers' ARTEMIS Mobile Phone Location and Communications system has been selected by Nova Systems for integration into its airborne mission system SAR (search and rescue) contract for a European Coast Guard.

Advertisement
Advanced Engineering RT
DSIT bolsters its leadership team

Security

DSIT bolsters its leadership team

23 April 2024

The UK's Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) today announced the appointment of leading experts to oversee its work to transform the UK into a science and technology superpower.

UNICC selects Element for secure comms

Security

UNICC selects Element for secure comms

22 April 2024

United Nations International Computing Centre (UNICC) has selected Element as its secure communications platform, following a competitive tender process.

Advertisement
Marshall RT 2