A key finding of the survey data, which is also reflected in wider gender pay gap literature, is that fathers (often the higher earners) tend to return to work earlier and work more than mothers after starting a family. Consequently, mothers take on a greater share of childcare, which can be detrimental to their career.
Key highlights from the report include:
Men face barriers to taking extended paternity leave
- 73% of men surveyed believe there’s a stigma attached to taking extended paternity leave.
- 95% of men surveyed agreed that workplace culture needs to be transformed to normalise men taking extended paternity leave.
However, initiatives exist that can help dads return to work after a break.
- 73% of men surveyed said that having information from employers on employment policies and rights would be appealing to them.
- 59% of men surveyed said that scheduled conversations with line managers about the realities of parenting and the effect on work would be appealing to them.
Flexible working supports returning dads and benefits employers
- 95% of dads said that working flexibly has increased the likelihood of them remaining with their current employer.
- 70% of dads said that working flexibly has increased their motivation at work.