Mums take an average of five days off work a year to care for sick children and if they are not paid for days off that equates to around £400 a year, according to a new survey.
The survey of 2,000 working parents by heating experts Help-link.co.uk shows that mums are more likely to take days off for sick children than dads.
Although parents have the right to take reasonable time off work to care for a dependent in an emergency, 83% of participants said they did not feel supported by their boss during these times. Employers may pay for such leave, but it is not something they have to do.
Around a quarter of working parents use the right each year, but support varies according to sector. Only 17% of mums who work in Business and Consulting, for instance, said they felt supported. However, mums who work in the creative arts and design industry receive the most support, with 37% saying their boss lets them go without any question.
Another cause of absence is snow days – on average children in the UK have two days off school for extreme weather conditions, meaning parents often have to stay at home to look after them. Some 34% of women said they are allowed to work from home in such cases, but 66% do not have this option. Some 91% of respondents said they felt their employer was not supportive in such cases.
The survey also found that over a quarter [26%] of working mums hate their manager and 23% don’t get paid sick days when they themselves get ill.