Rogers Stirk Harbour (RSH) and Fosters & Partners have appeared at opposite ends of the spectrum in a new survey into maternity and paternity packages in UK businesses.
The Parents at Work survey, conducted by the Guardian
, asked 250 organisations in a cross-section of industries, including architecture and construction, for details of the maternity and paternity packages offered.
But the results have polarised the two biggest names in UK architecture, with RSH being named as 'best in sector' while Fosters & Partners is put in the worst 'out-of-the-running' category.
The paper lauded RSH for having 'pay levels much higher than legally required for women throughout maternity leave', while for those in the father/partner role, paternity leave is double the legal requirement.
RSH has a staff of 132, of which 54 are female. Women with a year's service are entitled to full salary, inclusive of statutory benefit, for up to a year. Men get four weeks' paid paternity so long as they have worked at RSH for up to a year.
RSH was also picked out as one of the six best-performing firms across all sectors in the survey.
However, the poll was critical of the general performance of the architecture and construction sector, describing it as a 'mediocre performer'.by Max Thompson