Fall in Uptake of Statutory Leave for Parents

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Figures obtained from HM Revenue and Customs by Law Firm, EMW, have shown a 3.3% decrease in the number of fathers taking paternity leave in the 12 month to 31st March, 2018.

There has been a small increase of 0.3% in the number of mothers taking maternity leave but the up-take of shared parental leave which allows new parents to share up to 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of statutory pay between the two of them still remains very low.

One reason for this could be the increase in gig economy workers and the self-employed who are not entitled to receive these benefits.

In our experience, fathers rarely take up shared parental leave as they are the major earner in the family and so simply cannot afford to do this, irrespective of whether they want to or not.

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