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A third of working parents have been asked to work less by at least one of their children and 42 per cent of men and 35 per cent of women feel their work has negatively affected their relationship with their children, according to a survey by CareerBuilder.co.uk.
The survey of 200 working mothers and 180 working fathers with children 18 years old and younger asked how many hours they get to spend with their children. Some 38 per cent said it was less than two hours per day. Almost half of working mums and 39 per cent of working dads said they would be willing to take a pay cut to spend more time with their children.
Forty-seven per cent of both mums and dads said they were likely to leave their job if their spouse or significant other made enough money for the family to live on comfortably.
However, 65 per cent of male workers believe they can achieve success in both their career and parenthood, compared with 58 per cent of female workers.
“Traditionally, men have been expected to be the breadwinners for their households, but the dynamic is shifting. While 52 per cent of working dads remain their family’s sole financial provider, now 37 per cent of working mums provide the only salary for their household,” said Scott Helmes, Managing Director at CareerBuilder UK. “While the vast majority believe it’s possible to ‘have it all’ in terms of career and children, maintaining a healthy balance between the two can still be a struggle.”