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Information for employees who have been eligible for Shared Parental Leave and Pay or flexible working

What’s involved?

Taking part will involve a telephone interview with a researcher from NatCen, or a face-to-face interview if you prefer. Face-to-face interviews would take place at your workplace, in a private setting.

Interviews will last 45 minutes for those who have taken up Shared Parental Leave, Flexible Working, Adoption Leave, or Unpaid Parental Leave. For those who are eligible but did not take up one of these policies, interviews will last for 30 minutes.

What will we discuss in the interview?

We will ask you about:

  • Your work and personal circumstances
  • Your views of your workplace Shared Parental Leave or Flexible Working policies
  • Your motivations and decision to request/not request Shared Parental Leave or Flexible Working
  • If you have used Shared Parental Leave or Flexible Working, how this has affected different areas of your life

How we will use what you say?

We will write a report about the issues that you and others have spoken about for BEIS. We will make sure that you cannot be identified in the report by anyone outside your workplace. A researcher will check that you are comfortable with your contribution at the start and end of the discussion.

The discussions will be confidential. Outside of the individuals taking part at your workplace, the identities of those taking part will be known only to members of the NatCen research team and our recruitment agency, QRS. Information about the identities of those taking part will not be shared with BEIS or anyone else.

Why have I been selected to take part?

Your employer agreed for your organisation to be selected as a case study for our research. We have asked your employer to nominate employees that have either taken up Shared Parental Leave or flexible working or were eligible to request such arrangements.

What will I receive for taking part?

As a token of our appreciation for your time, you will receive a voucher of £20.