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DADult Life | April 24, 2018

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Working parents can only spend two hours with kids on a weekday

Working parents childcare

In January, a report surfaced to suggest that a fatherhood penalty has been created by employers.

It’s a development that leaves working fathers feeling under pressure as they juggle dad duties and careers, in many cases, prompting them to consider changing job roles.

Following on from that, conference call service Powwownow found that 57 per cent of British working parents said they can only spend two hours a day with children during the week. That’s for things such as homework, dinner and watching TV.

 

Sweden is the number one location for mid-week mingling with the little ones.”

 

Interestingly, working dads spent more time with children than mums, with at least three hours an evening for 41 per cent of men versus 30 per cent of women. This seems to be in line with the fatherhood penalty findings, which saw seven in ten dads say they would put childcare needs before jobs.

Sweden, meanwhile, is the number one location for mid-week mingling with the little ones, according to the report, on four hours a day. Germans also clocked up 3.5 hours a week.

“Employers across the UK could learn a lot from the Swedes and the Germans,” said Jason Downes, MD, Powwownow.

“With the rise of technology to facilitate smarter working, we’re able to remain productive when away from the office which means more time spent at home at important times like half term and other school holidays.”

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