Mumsnet Family Friendly survey results

 

Spain, Italy and Greece rated more family friendly than Britain, as Mumsnetters put the UK on a par with France

As part of our programme to help make Britain one of the best places in Europe to raise a family, we asked you: is Britain family friendly, and what more should we all be doing?

Here's what you told us:

  • Spain, Italy and Greece are all more family friendly than Britain; the UK's family friendliness was rated on a par with France
  • 84% of Mumsnetters surveyed thought UK companies were poor when it came to being family-friendly employers
  • 60% thought UK companies were poor when it came to offering family-friendly products and services

And you told us about the lack of family-friendly practices in your workplaces:

  • 84% of Mumsnetters surveyed felt having children had made it harder to progress in their career
  • 76% felt less employable since having a child
  • 86% rated flexible working hours as a priority

     

Family Friendly survey results

Mumsnet - Family Friendly Survey Feb'11
1,002 Mumsnet members in the UK completed an online survey between 8-20 Feb'11
Different companies offer different family-friendly policies and have differing attitudes to being family friendly. We'd like to know, if you had the choice, which three of the following family-friendly policies would most attract you to a company? Please tick the three responses most important to you at the moment.
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count          
Good maternity package 21% 213          
Good paternity package 3% 31          
Flexible working hours 86% 857          
Being able to take your holiday allocation during school holidays 24% 237          
Subsidised childcare 31% 314          
Flexible approach to work during school holidays 57% 572          
Culture that acknowledges that parenting is important ie time off for going to school play, sports day, etc 71% 710          
Other 3% 26          
answered question 1001 1001          
skipped question 1 1          
               
We'd like you to 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?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count          
Companies in the UK are very family friendly and could not do more 0% 0          
Companies in the UK are quite family friendly but improvements could be made 13% 133          
Companies in the UK tend to have one or two family friendly policies but don't do very well overall 42% 418          
Companies in the UK claim to be family friendly but in reality, they aren't 37% 376          
Companies in the UK aren't family friendly at all 5% 49          
Don't know 3% 26          
answered question 999 1002          
               
Are you and/or your partner (if applicable) currently in paid employment?
Answer Options Yes No/ NS/ NA Response Count        
You 683 319 1002        
Your partner (if applicable) 830 172 1002        
               
Are you and/or your partner (if applicable) currently in paid employment?
Answer Options Yes No/ NS/ NA Response Count        
You 68% 32% 1002        
Your partner (if applicable) 83% 17% 1002        
               
Thinking about the companies you/your partner (if applicable) work for, which of the following best describes how you/your partner feel about their family-friendly policies and practices? Base: In paid employment (self 683, partner 830)
Answer Options You Partner (if applicable)          
They are very family friendly and could not do more 159 86          
They are quite family friendly but improvements could be made 271 263          
They have one or two family friendly policies but don't do very well 111 185          
They say they're family friendly but in reality, they aren't 99 119          
They're not family friendly at all 35 138          
Don't know 8 39          
               
Thinking about the companies you/your partner (if applicable) work for, which of the following best describes how you/your partner feel about their family-friendly policies and practices? Base: In paid employment (self 683, partner 830)
Answer Options You Partner (if applicable)          
They are very family friendly and could not do more 23% 10%          
They are quite family friendly but improvements could be made 40% 32%          
They have one or two family friendly policies but don't do very well 16% 22%          
They say they're family friendly but in reality, they aren't 14% 14%          
They're not family friendly at all 5% 17%          
Don't know 1% 5%          
               
Thinking about all the types of companies in the UK that you and your family interact with, which of the following best describes how family friendly you think they are?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count          
They are very family friendly and could not do more 0% 2          
They are quite family friendly but improvements could be made 34% 340          
They make some effort to be family friendly but don't do very well 45% 446          
They claim to be family friendly but in reality, they aren't 14% 140          
They are not family friendly at all 1% 15          
Don't know 6% 59          
answered question 997 1002          
               
Have you been to any of the following countries or regions outside the UK in the last 3 years or so with your family? If so how did it compare with the UK for family friendliness?
Answer Options More family friendly About the same Less family friendly NA: Not been/ don't know Response Count    
Mainland Spain 193 55 6 748 1002    
France 175 209 36 582 1002    
Greece 109 18 3 872 1002    
Italy 138 27 10 827 1002    
SE Asia 56 12 2 932 1002    
North America 114 58 10 820 1002    
Canada 28 23 0 951 1002    
South America 12 3 0 987 1002    
Scandinavia 42 14 2 944 1002    
The Caribbean 30 12 6 954 1002    
Eastern Europe 26 22 11 943 1002    
answered question answered question answered question answered question 983 1002    
               
Have you been to any of the following countries or regions outside the UK in the last 3 years or so with your family? If so how did it compare with the UK for family friendliness? Base; All who've visited each country
Answer Options More family friendly About the same Less family friendly Base      
Mainland Spain 76% 22% 2% 254      
France 42% 50% 9% 420      
Greece 84% 14% 2% 130      
Italy 79% 15% 6% 175      
SE Asia 80% 17% 3% 70      
North America 63% 32% 5% 182      
Canada 55% 45% 0% 51      
South America 80% 20% 0% 15      
Scandinavia 72% 24% 3% 58      
The Caribbean 63% 25% 13% 48      
Eastern Europe 44% 37% 19% 59      
               
One last question about family friendliness and paid employment (sorry to jump back to this topic but we wanted to ask this right at the end)... overall, to what extent would you agree or disagree with the following statements? Please tick one response in each row.
Answer Options Strongly agree Tend to agree Neither agree nor disagree Tend to disagree Strongly disagree Don't know/can't say Response Count
Having children has made it harder to progress in my career 520 256 89 41 20 76 1002
Since having children I feel less employable 410 324 97 95 36 40 1002
I feel that my colleagues who aren't parents resent requests for flexible working/family friendly policies 298 275 90 92 35 212 1002
               
One last question about family friendliness and paid employment (sorry to jump back to this topic but we wanted to ask this right at the end)... overall, to what extent would you agree or disagree with the following statements? Please tick one response in each row. All expressing an opinion for each one
Answer Options Strongly agree Tend to agree Neither agree nor disagree Tend to disagree Strongly disagree Base  
Having children has made it harder to progress in my career 56% 28% 10% 4% 2% 926  
Since having children I feel less employable 43% 34% 10% 10% 4% 962  
I feel that my colleagues who aren't parents resent requests for flexible working/family friendly policies 38% 35% 11% 12% 4% 790  
               

Last updated: 03-Nov-2011 at 3:39 PM