Family-friendly working: what's really going on?

For our 2014 Family Friendly Awards, we carried out a survey to investigate the reality of family-friendly working for UK households. Here are the full results.

 

Think about what you have seen, read, heard about or experienced with regard to company employment policies and practices in the UK today. Which of the following best describes how you perceive them to be?
Companies in the UK are very family friendly and could not do more 0%
Companies in the UK are quite family friendly, but improvements could be made 35%
Companies in the UK tend to have one or two family friendly policies but don't do very well overall 56%
Companies in the UK aren't family friendly at all 7%
Don't know 2%

 

 

And which of the following best describes your own employer, if you're in employment?
They are very family friendly and could not do more 10%
They are quite family friendly but improvements could be made 32%
They have one or two family friendly policies but don't do very well 13%
They say they're family friendly but in reality, they aren't 12%
They're not family friendly at all 5%
Don't know 3%
N/A (not in employment/am the employer) 26%

 

 

How much time did your partner take off after you gave birth (normal working days)?
Four to five days 9%
Six to 10 days 36%
11 to 15 days 33%
16 to 20 days 12%
More than 20 days 6%
Not stated 1%

 

 

Would your partner have liked to take longer for paternity leave?
Yes 81%
No 11%
Not sure 8%

 

 

Would you have liked your partner to take longer for paternity leave?
Yes 82%
No 11%
Not sure 7%

 

 

If yes to either of the above, what were the main reasons for not taking longer?
Financial considerations 73%
Being unable to secure permission from employer 41%
Anxiety about the effect that taking paternity leave might have on career 21%
Your partner didn't want to 2%
You didn't want your partner to 2%
Other 12%

 

 

If your partner took no leave (or less than a week), why didn't he take longer?
Financial considerations 65%
Being unable to secure permission from employer 28%
Anxiety about the effect that taking paternity leave might have on career 16%
Your partner didn't want to 5%
You didn't want your partner to 3%
Partner didn't see paternity leave as something for them 1%
Other 26%

 

 

Do you think paternity leave should be paid at the same rate as maternity leave (i.e. 90% of the father's salary) to encourage further take-up?
Yes 90%
No 3%
Not sure 7%

 

 

If you were to have a baby now, do you think you and your partner would use Shared Parental Leave (whereby 50 weeks of maternity leave can be split between parents - available after 5 April 2015) rather than traditional maternity leave? If not, why not?
Yes, we definitely would 4%
We possibly would 13%
No - we don't feel it would be right for us/our family 21%
No - my employer offers enhanced maternity leave, but my partner's
employer doesn't offer enhanced paternity pay for men, so it doesn't make
financial sense for us
15%
No - I earn less than my partner, so it makes more sense for me to take extended leave 26%
Not sure 6%
No - other reason 14%

 

 

 

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