The UK ranks 16th for work life balance for parents in a new analysis of OECD and World Bank statistics.
The analysis by Expert Market shows the UK ranks highly on paid annual leave, but falls down on paid leave reserved for fathers.
The research puts Finland and Estonia at the top for parents’ work-life balance. Finland secured first place, scoring well on paid annual leave allowances and Estonia came in second with the best result for paid leave available to mothers – 85 weeks at full pay.
Japan and Norway were the only two countries to make the top 10 who are not EU member states. Japan ranked first for its 30.4 weeks of paid leave for fathers and Norway scored well for its comparatively low average working hours.
Despite being one of the world’s most developed nations, the United States scored the worst of all the OECD countries due to its failure to provide any statutory paid leave to mothers or fathers and its ‘Fair Labour Standards Act’ which does not require employers to pay workers for any annual leave.
Adelle Kehoe of Expert Market says: “The way we work has completely transformed in recent years and work-life balance has become increasingly important. Our research clearly shows which countries are future-proofing their infrastructures and those that risk being left behind. Raising the next generation to be happy and successful is arguably the most important job of all and parents need time to do that!”