Shared parental leave boost for fathers

  • by Carole Jordan
  • 15 Apr, 2016
Father with baby whilst on shared parental leave

Shared parental leave (SPL) was introduced on 5 April 2015 with a view to giving parents more choice and flexibility in caring for their children during their first 12 months.

Shared Parental Leave: Where are we now?

Parents can split 52 weeks’ leave, receiving some payment for 39 of those weeks. This is in addition to the two weeks statutory paternity leave for fathers.

Almost a third (63%) of male employee respondents with young children are interested in taking shared parental leave (SPL) in the future, according to research by My Family Care and the Women’s Business Council.

The “Shared Parental leave: where are we now?” report, which surveyed 200 employers and 1,000 working parents, also found that 40% of employee respondents feel that shared parental leave is encouraged by their employer.

The major findings of the research unveil an interesting range of reactions to the change:

  • Half (50%) of male employee respondents believe that opting to take shared parental leave would be perceived negatively in the workplace.
  • 87% of male employee respondents would like to take longer leave in order to be more involved in parenting their child.
  • 57% of female employee respondents think that their partner’s career would be negatively affected if they took SPL.
  • More than half of female employee respondents would prefer to take the full period of leave themselves, while 60% of male respondents believe that their partner would prefer to take the full leave themselves.
  • 77% of employer respondents have enhanced maternity pay and almost two-thirds (65%) of employer respondents have enhanced paternity pay.
  • 44% of female respondents want to take a shorter period of leave for career purposes.

Employers need to have processes in place to respond to the greater choice and flexibility parents now have in caring for their children.

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