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Industries most likely to offer paid parental leave

People walk down a busy street and Australian currency fanned out to represent paid leave for workers.
More workplaces are offering paid parental leave to entice workers. (Source: Getty)

Australia is suffering from a worker shortage but jobseekers are reaping the benefits businesses are offering in a bid to attract staff.

And one of the main draws that is getting more attention is paid parental leave.

The length of publicly funded paid parental leave in Australia is relatively short by global standards and so, is often supplemented by employer-funded programs.

Advertising leave policies in job postings has become increasingly more common, according to new data from Indeed.


The availability of parental leave was noted in 7.4 per cent of Australian job postings on Indeed in the first half of 2022 - up from 4.8 per cent during the same period a year ago.

Those working in the education sector were the most likely to get employer-funded paid parental leave.

This was followed by those in the electricity, gas, water and waste sector, and then finance and insurance.

The worst offenders for not offering paid parental leave were retail, accommodation and food and administration and support sectors.

Australian employer-funded paid parental leave
(Source: Indeed)

Parental leave becoming gender neutral

The Indeed data found the growth in parental leave postings had been broad-based, occurring in both male- and female-dominated occupations.

For example, engineering - a male-dominated occupation - accounted for three of the top 10 occupations with the highest share of Indeed job postings using parental leave phrases.

In the first half of 2022, 13.3 per cent of civil engineering postings, 12 per cent of electrical engineering postings and 11.8 per cent of industrial engineering postings noted parental leave.

This growth may reflect a desire to attract more female applicants, but could also stem from greater open-mindedness about men taking parental leave, Indeed said.

At the same time though, human resources and marketing, two traditionally female-dominated occupations, also had high parental leave posting shares.

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