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It is fair to say that when looking for employment opportunities, many people now look beyond salary and focus on organisation's culture and the benefits it offers, such as parental leave arrangements, which was truly the case for me.
I learnt about Ashurst's FamilyCare policy during the recruitment process, which was coincidently around the same time that my wife and I were looking to start a family. The parental leave policy was incredible compared to other industries and businesses.
FamilyCare would allow my wife and I a real opportunity to start a family where both of us could be present. We could create the family environment that we wanted and had the opportunity to share the parental workload more evenly. All of these small but significant points ultimately helped sway my decision to join Ashurst.
A progressive and equitable approach to FamilyCare was important to me when making a career decision because it aligns to my values and how I think a lot of my friends and our generation now view parenting – it's a mutually shared role.
The policy provides people with the "whole package" with both parents having an equal opportunity to raise their family and also progress in their career and this is particularly enticing to potential employees when weighing up their options.
I proudly speak of the policy both personally and professionally and therefore paint the firm in a really positive light. The policy is an incredibly powerful enabler for young professionals with families (or those looking to start one). This progressive offering creates change and expectation for others to follow and is something the firm should be very proud of for taking a lead on.
In a time where the "war on talent" is a blistering issue, foundational policies like Ashurst's FamilyCare position the firm as extraordinary compared to its competitors. The rhetoric around Ashurst as a place to work will only ever be positive and glowing.
“The policy provides people with the "whole package" with both parents having an equal opportunity to raise their family and also progress in their career and this is particularly enticing to potential employees when weighing up their options.”
Will Houston, Procurement Lead