Long hours culture 'affecting working fathers'

20-06-2007

Long hours culture 'affecting working fathers'
A new report analysing the impact of fatherhood on men's careers shows that the UK's long hours culture is not helping, according to one expert.

Welcoming a recent study from ING Direct on the issue, Lucy Lloyd of the Family and Parenting Institute told BBC Two's Working Lunch programme that despite the finding that 43 per cent of new fathers put their careers on hold when their child is born, few are able to work less when they have a new addition to the family.

She said that it is "good news" that more men are asking for extra time off to be with their children, but warned about the decline in the number of males working part-time.

Ms Lloyd commented: "The reality is still that the latest figures show that only four per cent of men are working part-time and when you look at those figures you see that what the men were doing was turning down overtime, rather than taking a cut in their basic hours."

The ING Direct report found that taking time off after the birth of a child can cost fathers up to £2,800 a year.

Over a third of the fathers surveyed in the study said they believed their employers were unsupportive of their family commitments, with 42 per cent having to switch jobs in order to make sure they were working fewer hours to make more time for their family.

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