A quarter of pregnant women have faced discrimination at work during the coronavirus...read more
A new survey shows employers are increasingly finding problems linked to childcare issues.
Employers are finding childcare is a growing issue for employees during the coronavirus pandemic.
A survey of more than 300 employers by People Management found 65 per cent were concerned about employees’ ability to balance home working with parenting commitments.
A similar survey last month found 52% said staff being unable to work because of school closures would be their main challenge.
Fifty two per cent of employers taking the current survey said they were encouraging parents to work around childcare, making up their hours at different times of day.
Forty one per cent said parents were working their normal hours but at home. However, 27 per cent said parents would have to take annual leave to look after children and 24 per cent said they would need to take unpaid parental leave, despite both options being unlikely to cover the potential length of the lockdown.
Eighteen per cent said most of their workforce were key workers and could work despite childcare and school closures. Nineteen per cent had asked staff who are not key workers to still attend a place of work.
There is concern employers are more likely to furlough female workers than males due to childcare issues, assuming that women are the main carers.
The Government says key workers should have access to nurseries and schools, although many have closed due to financial or other difficulties. It says it has put in place a package to help early years settings, but nursery owners say this is not adequate.