Aware Super introduces paid menopause leave and support framework

Aware Super has announced the introduction of 10 days paid menopause leave for staff on World Menopause Day (Wednesday 18 October).

The FSU met with Aware Super earlier this year to provide information and advice on best practice menopause support frameworks, including sharing the FSU’s framework.

We are very pleased to see many of our recommendations taken up in Aware Super’s paid menopause leave which includes up to 10 days paid time away from work for those suffering severe menopausal symptoms.

Aware Super joins other finance employers leading the way through the provision of leave for workers experiencing the symptoms of menopause. This is vital in ensuring workers who suffer severe symptoms get the support they need to participate in the workforce on an equal footing.

Do menstrual or menopause symptoms affect your working life?

The FSU has recently launched a survey on the impact of menstrual or menopause symptoms on finance workers. If you haven’t already shared your experiences, you can have a say now.

Take our survey

This survey is anonymous and open to all finance workers and should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Individual responses will be de-identified and will underpin the FSU’s report on the experiences of finance workers. All responses will be treated in the strictest confidence, but we would love to hear from workers who are willing to share their stories anonymously.

Please ask your colleagues to complete the survey too, so we can get a broad snapshot of the experiences of a range of finance workers across the country and our industry.

Did you know?

  • 1 in 4 finance workers in the UK who suffer from menopausal symptoms choose to retire early rather than ask their employer for flexibilities to manage their symptoms. Providing workplace flexibility and paid leave to assist workers in managing their menopausal symptoms helps keep older workers in the workforce for longer.
  • Half the finance workforce will experience either menstruation or menopause or both. A small fraction of these workers experience severe symptoms.
  • The finance industry has a stubbornly high gender pay gap of 28% and providing workers who suffer severe symptoms with menopause and menstrual leave may be one of the missing links to drive down the gender pay gap.



Authorised by Julia Angrisano, National Secretary