Fathers’ working week gets longer by the hour

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. The number of hours fathers are working in an average week is on the rise,research by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) reveals. The survey finds that during 2001 a father’s average working week was 47.3hours, an increase of nearly 5 per cent on 1998 when fathers worked an averageof 45.1 hours a week. Sixty-six per cent of fathers were working more than 41 hours per week in2001, compared with 62 per cent three years earlier. The proportion of fathersworking overtime, paid or unpaid, also increased by 2 per cent from 51 per centto 53 per cent. Commenting on the figures, released on Father’s Day (16 June), EOCchairwoman Julie Mellor urged employers to put more emphasis on work-lifebalance policies to give dads a chance to spend more time with their children. “Father’s Day is an opportunity for families to celebratefatherhood,” she said. “But dads are dads all year long, not just onone special day. These figures suggest that many children are seeing less oftheir dad than they used to. This is really bad news for families. “Despite growing awareness of the importance of achieving a balancebetween work and family, men are still missing out on the opportunity to beinvolved in caring for their children, and children are missing out on havingtheir dad around. The challenge for employers is to enable dads to break out ofthe straitjacket of long and inflexible working hours.” www.eoc.org.uk Fathers’ working week gets longer by the hourOn 25 Jun 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img

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