Employers need to improve support for working fathers in order to achieve equality for working mothers, according to a new report out today.
The survey of over 7,000 working parents by coaching company Talking Talent echoes the findings of Workingmums.co.uk recent surveys.
The research found that over half (52%) of working parents, including 26% men and 30% women, think that their career has slowed down compared to their childless colleagues.
Some 44% of working mothers found it difficult to keep an interesting job – but even more working fathers (53%) are finding this a challenge too.
‘The survey found more men (66%) than women (60%) felt guilty at not spending enough time with their children.
More than 57% of all those surveyed wanted flexible working hours, but while 21% of women have never had a request turned down, only 14% of men experienced the same.
Rebecca Hourston, Head of Working Parent & Executive Coaching Programmes at Talking Talent, said: “Stepping up to address these challenges is an important future investment for organisations. Attitudes and expectations are changing fast among young people and 68% of our respondents expected that the next generation would find it just as hard as them to balance work and parenthood.”
Two-thirds (66%) of working parents agreed that SPL can benefit couples by preparing them to share parental responsibilities more equally in future years.
The research shows that over half of parents (56%) would have been very likely to share parental leave if their pay and working conditions had met their needs.
However, half of respondents (51%) thought that fathers who took SPL would experience a detrimental effect on their careers, and 53% feared judgement if they chose SPL.
More than half of working parents (53%) experienced a significant gap between what their workplace says it’s doing and what it’s actually doing; around half of that group (26% of the total) made this point strongly.
One in three parents surveyed, struggled to understand their company’s policy on parental leave, for example.