Vodafone Introduces Maternity Support Program

Original author: Margi Murphy
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Vodafone Telecommunications Provider Introduces Maternity Support Program. This means that women working in countries such as the United States, China, Papua New Guinea and some African countries will benefit from the same benefits that their European or British counterparts enjoy.

This helps to ensure mothers' equality around the world and is a signal for companies: supporting pregnant women can reduce costs and save valuable staff.

The UK currently has a minimum maternity leave rate of 90 percent for the first 6 weeks and 138.18 pounds for the next 33 weeks. Women can take maternity leave with a maximum period of 12 months.

Vodafone offers pregnant women 16 weeks of fully paid maternity leave, as well as a 30-hour work week for 6 months after returning to work.

Other well-known British companies also offer similar support programs. For example, BT offers full payment of the first 18 weeks, and the next 26 weeks are paid according to the statutory rate. At the international level, payments also occur at statutory rates, but the company pays women more than the statutory rate.

The leading British manufacturer of processors ARM also offers maternity leave internationally. For British employees, payments are 90 percent of weekly income or 6-week salary, which is divided by 2 over the next 20 weeks. The last 13 weeks are paid at the statutory rate.

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