Modern Families Index 2017

Working Families and Bright Horizons published their 2017 Modern Families Index in January 2017. The report captures a broad picture of fathers wanting to take an active part in childcare and of workplaces failing to adapt and support their aspirations.

The report found that quarter of fathers that took part in the study drop their children at school or nursery every day; with just over a quarter (26%) collecting them more than half the time.

Furthermore the report found that seven out of ten fathers work flexibly to fulfil their caring responsibilities. However, for half of the fathers spoken to, their work-life balance is increasingly a source of stress.  A third of fathers feel burnt out regularly and one in five fathers are doing extra hours in the evening or weekends all the time.

In addition to the report the organisations have produced a summary.

The Women and Equalities Committee launched an enquiry, ‘Are fathers being failed in the workplace?‘, resulting from this report as well as their previous findings when researching the gender pay gap.