by Ruth Holmes
Originally published: January 17, 2017
New research suggests working fathers increasingly face similar dilemmas to working mothers as the government undertakes a new consultation to assess support for fathers in the workplace.
The 2017 Modern Families Index from charity Working Families interviewed 2,750 employees from single and dual-parent households with at least one child aged 13 or under.
The snapshot of working lives today today found 47 per cent of fathers would consider sidelining their careers and downshifting to a less stressful job to spend more time with their family. Working Families suggests this could potentially create a fatherhood penalty, as well as a motherhood penalty, in the UK’s workplaces.
Further demonstrating the changing attitudes of working parents as female workforce participation reaches historic highs, 70 per cent of fathers would assess the impact on childcare of a new job or promotion.