The survey, sponsored by McDonald’s, questioned over 2,400 parents. Looking only at those parents who had two children aged under five, the survey shows the 43% didn’t find the 30 hours extended childcare for three and four year olds and tax-free childcare helpful, even though they knew about them.
Some 19% said they spent more than £1K a month on childcare.
Comparing the general results for all parents with those with two children under five, the survey showed some interesting differences:
- women of younger children were significantly more likely to earn more than their partner – 30% earned more than their partner compared to 22.5% of mums generally
- despite this women of younger children were more likely to say they tended to do more of the childcare and housework than their partner [65% said they did more childcare compared to 57% of all mums; and 59% said they tended to do more housework compared to 51% of all mums]. This may be because many were on maternity leave and 54% had returned to work on a part-time basis.
- 68% said their partner did not work flexibly compared to 59% of all mums.
The comparison showed mums of younger children were more likely to feel that their flexible working had had a negative impact on their career progression:
- 57% said flexible working have affected their career progression as against 49% of all mums and 57% said working part time meant they had missed out of opportunities to progress their careers, such as training [compared to 54% of all mums]
- 32% felt they faced discrimination as a result of working flexibly, compared to 27% of all mums, and 46% felt flexible working was not viewed positively by colleagues, compared to 42% of all mums.
- 70% felt they had to work harder due to unconscious bias [as against 65% of all mums]
- 56% feel they have enough flexibility in their current job, as against 60% of all mums
- 36% earn less pro rata than before they had children, compared to 39% generally.
Interestingly, mums of younger children were less interested in retraining [63% compared to 67%] and in starting their own business [58% compared to 62%].