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Recruitment vs retention

Request for information - FOI14570

Request

Thank you for your email of 27 July 2015 requesting information from Ordnance Survey in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act FOIA 2000:

  1. In 2012, 2013 and 2014 how many parents went on maternity or paternity leave?
  2. What was the average length of this maternity or paternity leave?
  3. For those who went on leave in 2012 and 2013 how many parents changed their hours or the way in which they worked (i.e part time, using flexi time or job share) within 12 months and 24 months of returning?
  4. How many parents left their job after maternity leave within 24 months of returning and what were their reasons for leaving?
  5. What flexible working options does your department provide?
  6. What HR and growth costs has the department incurred as a result of loss of talent within this demographic, this includes the time it takes for a new employee to get to optimum efficiency level which Oxford Economics anticipates to be 28 weeks worth of wages.

Our response

I can confirm that Ordnance Survey does hold the information you have requested and I am pleased to provide the information below to each question in turn.

  1. Please find below the table showing the instances where parents went on maternity or paternity leave in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

201220132014

Maternity leave – 17 instances

Paternity leave – 15 instances

Maternity leave – 11 instances

Paternity leave – 12 instances

Maternity leave – 6 instances

Paternity leave – 23 instances

  1. Please find below the table showing the average length of maternity or paternity leave for 2012, 2013 and 2014.

201220132014

Maternity leave – average 42 weeks leave

Paternity leave – average 2 weeks

Maternity leave – average 43 weeks leave

Paternity leave – average 2 weeks

Maternity leave – average 48 weeks leave

Paternity leave – average 2 weeks

  1. In 2012 seven parents changed their working hours. All were a reduction in hours within twelve months of returning. In 2013 six parents changed their working hours. All were a reduction in hours within twelve months of returning.
  2. Seven parents left their job after maternity leave within 24 months of returning (2012-2014). The reasons were six resignations and one voluntary redundancy.
  3. Ordnance Survey (OS) supports flexible working and will consider all requests from eligible employees. Any employee with 26 weeks continuous service can make a request for flexible working. However, they may only make one request in any 12 month period.

A request for flexible working could include, for example, a request for:

      • A change to the number of hours worked
      • A change to the pattern of hours worked
      • A request for term time working
      • A request to job share
      • A request to perform some of their work from home.
  1. The business has incurred minimal costs as a number of roles have not been replaced.

Internal Review

Your enquiry has been processed according to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000. If you are unhappy with our response, you may request an internal review with our FOI Internal Review Officer, by contacting them as follows:

FOI Internal Review Officer
Customer Service Centre
Ordnance Survey
Adanac Drive
Southampton
SO16 0AS

Email foi@os.uk

Please include the reference number above. You may request an internal review where you believe Ordnance Survey has:

  • Failed to respond to your request within the time limits (normally 20 working days)
  • Failed to tell you whether or not we hold the information
  • Failed to provide the information you have requested
  • Failed to explain the reasons for refusing a request
  • Failed to correctly apply an exemption or exception

The FOI Internal Review Officer will not have been involved in the original decision. They will conduct an independent internal review and will inform you of the outcome of the review normally within 20 working days, but exceptionally within 40 working days, in line with the Information Commissioner’s guidance.

The FOI Internal Review Officer will either: uphold the original decision, provide an additional explanation of the exemption/s applied or release further information, if it is considered appropriate to do so.

Appeal to Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)
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The Case Reception Unit
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The Information Commissioner’s Office
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Wilmslow
Cheshire
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Email: mail@ico.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone helpline: 0303 123 1113 or 01625 545745 for advice, Monday to Friday.

Thank you for your enquiry.

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