Parental leave: Why is the uptake so low?

Lack of understanding of employee rights, loss of income and the stigma around men taking time out are reasons many parents fail to avail of what is a statutory entitlement

Men are less likely than women to take paternity leave. Photograph: iStock

Men are less likely than women to take paternity leave. Photograph: iStock

When drinks giant Diageo announced plans to introduce 26 weeks fully paid paternity leave earlier this year, it was met with envy by parents everywhere – and much wondering if there were any jobs going!

But while, for now, these entitlements relate only to Diageo employees, all parents of children up to the age of 12 stand to benefit from recently announced increased parental leave entitlements. This leave is unpaid, but in a society that is time-poor, does it offer the answer to striking that perfect parental work-life balance?

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