Also in the news this week - 13 April 2017

Mothers paid 3% less at work per child

Mothers are paid 3% less for every child they have compared to female colleagues who do not have children, according to new research from Université Paris-Saclay conducted by founding member Lionel Wilner. Fathers suffer no such penalty at all. "The motherhood penalty accounts for noticeable hourly wage differences following childbirth," said Wilner. "This is both unfair and inefficient. It requires further public intervention, including campaigns against discrimination, development of on-the-job childcare, and extension of paternity leave."

One in four firms have wellbeing strategy

Companies are taking health and wellbeing in the workplace more seriously, according to the findings of a new survey by The Health Insurance Group. It found that 40% of companies have put in place a health and wellbeing strategy over the past five years, and more than 35% are looking to implement one within the next few years. Brett Hill, managing director of The Health Insurance Group, said: "Mental health problems and stress are now responsible for more than 24 working days lost per case, making it one of the leading causes of absence in the workplace."

Number of self-employed still growing

The latest employment statistics show that the number of self-employed in the UK has grown by 114,000 in the past year. It means there are now 4.78 million self-employed people in the UK - 15% of the workforce. Lorence Nye, economic policy adviser at freelance body IPSE, said: "The self-employed have done more than their fair share of job creation since the recession, and this trend is still continuing - almost a decade on. Although people take on extra risks when they become self-employed, research has clearly shown that the majority genuinely love what they do and wouldn't want to work for someone else."

No more nine-to-five

The nine-to-five day is a thing of the past according to new research by Bupa UK for World Health Day. It says almost three-quarters of employees check their work emails first thing in the morning and last thing at night and more than a quarter check work emails while they're on holiday. Pablo Vandenabeele, clinical director for mental health, Bupa UK, said: "Like our mobile devices, if we don't get the opportunity to recharge, we cannot work - at least not very well. Technology has transformed the workplace and we no longer need to be at our desks in order to get the job done. However, working remotely means that the majority of us allow work to encroach on our home life."

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