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Neale Graham - taking parental leave to focus on family

During FY17, 846 of our new mothers and fathers took maternity and paternity leave. As well as this, we supported 106 of our parents to take additional leave through our parental leave scheme.

New dad Neale Graham, a Senior Manager in our Corporate Affairs team, decided to take four months off work to spend time with his first baby - son Nico. He shares how the firm’s parental leave offering helped him focus on being a parent and then return to the office at the time that was right for him and his family.

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Neale Graham


I’m Neale Graham, a senior manager in Communications, in Corporate Affairs.

My wife and were expecting our first child and we’d discussed possibly taking some shared parental leave.  Somebody in the team had taken it before and had spoken highly of it. And I looked into what PwC were offering and it was a strong package, and I knew it was an opportunity I didn’t want to miss.

My colleague who’d done shared parental leave before explained how it worked, so it was really useful to know what to expect.  Nico was born 3 weeks prematurely and in the early weeks there were a lot of to’ing and fro’ing from the hospital.  The best thing that the firm did for me in that situation was just give me the time and space to support my wife and to be a new dad to my son.

I took 4 months off and while it was difficult to leave my young family I think I was ready to come back and resume my career.  When I came back to work the team had changed a bit, some familiar faces had moved on to parental leave of their own and we’d hired some new people in as well.  It was just a matter of getting to know them and new business areas but everything was OK.

The firm had given me the time to bond with my new born son and be there to be there for my wife who is very special, and I’ll always be thankful for that.

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