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Government estimates of shared parental leave take-up too low

Jade  Sweeney
21st November 2014 by Jade Sweeney

Almost two-thirds of men and women would be interested in taking up new rights to shared parental leave – a huge contrast to government estimates – according to a survey by law firm Linklaters.

According to the research, based on responses from 250 employees working for FTSE100 employers, 62% showed an interest in taking a period of shared parental leave after the rights come into force on 1 December.

The proportion was almost identical between men (62%) and women (63%), and is considerably higher than the Government’s estimate, which was between 2% and 5%.

One of the key factors in employees making the decision to take shared leave will be whether or not their employer decides to enhance shared parental pay to a similar level as enhanced maternity pay. Around three-quarters (76%) of those surveyed said this would be either relevant or very relevant to their decision to take time away from work.

Linklaters’ research also showed that if the child’s father is entitled to enhanced pay during shared parental leave, a mother is more likely to sacrifice some maternity leave, and this may include some paid maternity leave.

Despite indicating enthusiasm for the new rights, cultural expectations around taking time off remain a barrier, particularly with fathers. Half of the men surveyed said that they would not take a period of shared parental leave if other male colleagues refused to take it.

 

Government estimates of shared parental leave take-up too low

Sarah Alexander
21st November 2014 by Sarah Alexander

Personnel Today reports that almost two-thirds of men and women would be interested in taking up new rights to shared parental leave – a huge contrast to government estimates – according to a survey by law firm Linklaters.

 

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