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Over 1 in 3 working fathers offered no flexibility by their employers

21 February 2014 #Employment

According to a survey by My Family Care, reported by the BBC today:

  • 22% of men questioned wish they had looked after their children rather than returning to work (approximately the same for women)
  • Over 33% told researchers that they worked full-time and were offered no flexibility at all by their employers

The survey was commissioned to help launch the Work and Family Show, which begins in London today.

More than 43% of women respondents said they did "most of the domestic chores", compared with just 27% of men who said the same.

The Fatherhood Institute, a charity which describes itself as "the UK`s fatherhood think-and-do-tank" says the survey`s results "fit with previous evidence".

"It is men, not women, who are most dissatisfied with their work-life balance," said Adrienne Burgess, the institute`s joint chief executive.

"They`re more likely than mums to be in full-time paid employment, and to be the sole or main breadwinner. Full-time working men also work longer hours on average than their female counterparts, and tend to have longer commutes," she said.

"As a result, men are less likely to request flexible working, and if they do, are less likely to get it."

It will be interesting to see how the new system of shared parental leave, due to come into force in 2015,  will address these concerns.

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