Hive, the community for modern working brings together employers from across the sectors in Wales to share knowledge, connect and network.

In partnership with British Airways Maintenance Cardiff, ABM Women’s Network, and DTCC, Hive returns in October to discuss ‘The Parenthood Penalty’ – looking at how working parents are penalised for trying to combine work and family life.

With inflexible workplace structures, gendered assumptions about childcare, and wide-scale discrimination mean mothers are more likely to be trapped in part-time, low-paid work with fewer opportunities for career progression and fathers prevented from taking on caring responsibilities because of cultural attitudes.

Our Welsh economy can ill afford this penalty.

“Preventing a large proportion of the population from contributing their skills and experience to the workforce is not fair and does not make economic sense. In light of technological, social and economic changes, now is the time to modernise workplaces so that they are fit for the future for everyone, not just parents.” – Work it out, July 2018

8th OctoberBA Maintenance Cardiff, Cardiff Airport

12th OctoberABM Women’s Network, Swansea

18th OctoberDTCC, Wrexham

These interactive sessions will explore the findings from the recent Work it out: Parenting and Employment in Wales report and look at what Welsh businesses need to do in order to overcome these issues and create a thriving workplace for everyone.

We will also be joined by EHRC, who will be presenting their Working Forward initiative, the nationwide campaign, backed by some of the UK’s leading businesses and industry bodies, to make workplaces the best they can be for pregnant women and new parents.

10:00am Arrival, refreshments and networking

10:30am Introduction and overview

10:45am Work it out: Parenting and Employment in Wales

Chwarae Teg will be discussing the recently published report from National Assembly for Wales’ Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee which focuses on how Inflexible workplace structures, gendered assumptions about childcare, and wide-scale discrimination mean mothers are more likely to be trapped in part-time, low-paid work with fewer opportunities for career progression –the ‘Parenthood Penalty’.

This interactive session will include a workshop looking at the recommendations made in this report and help employers to create an action plan they can implement.

11:45am EHRC: Working Forward

The Equality and Human Rights Commission will join us for an interactive discussion and workshop on their current initiative Working Forward, the nationwide campaign, backed by some of the UK’s leading businesses and industry bodies, to make workplaces the best they can be for pregnant women and new parents.

12:45pm Organisational updates

1:00pm Lunch and Networking