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GCJE seminar launches inequalities in access to parental leave and flexible working

23 November 2017

A Grand Challenge of Justice and Equality seminar on inequalities in access to parental leave and flexible working will launch a new report on the topic this afternoon, Thursday 23 November 2017.

The report is a collaboration between researchers from UCL's Thomas Coram Research Unit, the University of East Anglia and NatCen Social Research under the aegis of the ESRC funded Modern Fatherhood project.

The research looked into inequalities in accessing paid maternity and paternity leave and flexible working and found that:

  • 24% of men and 26% of women are not eligible for paid maternity or paternity leave most commonly because they are self employed or haven't worked for their current employer for long enough.
  • 30% of employed fathers and 10% of employed mothers do not have access to flexible working.
  • Fathers working in male dominated industries are less likely to have access to flexible working than those working in gender balanced or female dominated industries.
  • Rules on eligibility for parental leave and/or flexible working have not kept up with new forms of employment; only traditional employees have full access to family friendly working practices.
  • A flexible 26 week qualifying period could help more mothers and fathers gain access to family friendly working practices.
  • Timely and routine government data collection on access to and use of parental leave and flexible working arrangements would help identify inequalities and track progress more accurately.

Download Ineqalities in access to parental leave FULL REPORT


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