CV dealer group eStar had launched new employee rewards and benefits for 2023, including what it claims is sector-leading maternity pay.

This consists of three months of full pay and two months of half pay for employees who have been with the business for at least two years. The company is also offering two weeks of full paternity pay and a baby gift pack.

eStar, the Mercedes-Benz Truck and Van franchise partner in the North West and North Wales, said it was hoping the scheme would help attract more women into the business.

Other initiatives include improvements to annual leave allowance and sick pay, and an extended bonus model.

Head of HR Kate Howden said: “To enhance all of our rewards and benefits this year is a real privilege and reflects the role that our great team has in keeping the commercial vehicle community moving. 

“I’m especially pleased to introduce the rollout of enhanced maternity pay as we believe it is industry-leading, and genuinely demonstrates our passion for supporting women in the commercial vehicle sector.”