Construction consultancy WSP Middle East has launched its new maternity policy offering a minimum of 55 working days and a maximum of 130 working days paid leave to new mothers across the region.
A statement from the company said that the policy reflects "its commitment to ensure it retains and attracts the best talent in the market by offering policies that far exceed the regional norms. The policy is designed to give maximum flexibility to new mothers supporting the balance between family and a career at WSP."
Currently maternity leave in the UAE's private sector is capped at 45 paid days. The new policy exceeds the regional norm for paid maternity leave and also encourages flexibility and choice for the employee and the business.
New mothers can take the additional maternity leave days as a block, or as paid time off to top up a part-time working pattern for up to 12 months after normal maternity leave; giving them and managers the opportunity to work together in deciding the pace of return to work.
“With this new policy, WSP are challenging the regional status quo. We are not only showcasing a commitment to our own female talent but hopefully demonstrating how the industry, as a whole, can encourage females to return to work and continue to actively add value to the work we do for our clients and partners. WSP want to be a workplace where women can build a family and a career in parallel,” commented Caroline Parsons HR director and director of Shared Services, WSP Middle East.
WSP also offers all female employees the option to request medical insurance for their children, even if they are not the sponsor.