Take-up of paternity leave will only rise if paternity pay does--but flexible working is on the up

December 2004
Management Services;Dec2004, Vol. 48 Issue 12, p6
Academic Journal
This paper looks at the findings of research commissioned by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and leading commercial law firm Hammonds about flexible working practices in Great Britain. The research, which covered over 1,000 British workers, including nearly 200 fathers of children under 16, was conducted by MORI. It found that almost a quarter of employees have requested some form of flexible working. Less than half of fathers reported that they would take paternity leave at the current rate of pay if they had another child. However, at 90 percent of full pay the proportion of fathers claiming that they would take paternity leave increases to four out of five and at full pay the figure rises to nearly nine out of ten. The supporting employee interviews revealed some fathers are not using their existing entitlement to two weeks statutory paternity leave, preferring instead to take time off as annual leave on full pay. Part-time working and variable working hours--arriving late or leaving early--are the most common. Women and workers under the age of 30 are more likely to ask for flexible forms of working--but, when requests are made, employers are equally likely to grant them for men or women.


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