Nearly three quarters of parents know of dads who have had problems getting flexible working, according to a Workingmums.co.uk poll.
The poll found 73% of respondents said they knew of dads who had had problems getting flexible working, compared to 27% who didn’t.
A recent study by Jasmine Kelland from the University of Plymouth showed fathers face bias when applying for part-time employment and in the workplace, with questions over their commitment and suspicion regarding their quest for a work-life balance.
It suggested fathers who choose to work part time face a number of potential issues while mothers receive praise for their dedication to proactively seeking a work-life balance.
A poll of 1,000 mums and 1,000 dads by Aviva published earlier this month found flexible working came second only to salary in what parents ranked as most important when looking for a job. The poll found a strong interest amongst parents for job-sharing options, although only 4% of dads questioned were doing a job share, compared to 9% of mums. However, 48% of parents said they would consider a job share. Almost two thirds said their employer did not offer them.
Nine out of 10 parents also said parental leave should be equal for mums and dads. Some 52% of parents believed there should be more support from the government for equal parental leave, while 69% wanted greater assistance for flexible working.
*Workingmums.co.uk has just launched a new free e-book, “Dads, Mums & Equality”, which contains a range of case studies of dads and flexible employers, plus practical information on how to apply for flexible working and why offering it to all employees benefits employers.