A survey by Mumsnet has revealed that a third of men did not take their full paternity leave entitlement because the statutory rate of £138 just wasn’t enough to live on.
Only one in six employers top up paternity leave pay, leaving those dads to use annual leave to spend time with their newborns and partners. In all, one in six fathers took fewer than five days away from work after the birth of their child. Two thirds put that down to financial concerns.
The current system has been described as “Edwardian” by the government who say they have encouraged big businesses to offer enhanced paternity packages.
To read more about how being a father affects your career, read this news story from earlier this week.