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51% think that shared parental leave would help families most

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A new study by campaign group Parental Pay Equality, and employment rights specialists Organise; has revealed that more than half (51%) of both men and women in the UK said that being eligible for shared parental leave would make the biggest difference to their family.

Meanwhile, only 20% of self-employed women in the UK are back to their pre-baby earnings by the time their child is two-years-old. In fact, this is despite a huge 78% wanting to work more; in comparison to only 10% of employed mothers in part-time work citing wanting to work more.

According to the study, this figure is in comparison to 26% of the UK’s workforce (as a whole) who cited to be back on their pre-baby earnings by the time their child marks his or her second birthday.

In a release, Olga FItzRoy, founder of Parental Pay Equality, said: “This research shows that self-employed parents want to continue to work and grow their businesses after they have a family, but it is the outdated, sexist system that expects women to do all the childcare that is holding them back.”

“The government could make a big difference to these families by simply making the Maternity Allowance shareable between men and women, at no extra cost to the taxpayer,” she said.

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