Flexible hours may help familiesAs more men opt to become stay-at-home fathers, women are being given the opportunity to thrive in the workplace, which could see flexibility becoming an increasing priority.

A recent poll conducted by Aviva revealed that there has been a ten-fold rise in the number of stay-at-home fathers in the UK.

Indeed, one in six couples (16 per cent) with dependent children say that the main wage earner is female, with six per cent of men with dependent children regularly looking after their kids while their wife or girlfriend works.

Commenting on the news, Julius Hinks, director of communications at Families Need Fathers, said families today have more choice in how they choose to bring up their little ones.

“Dads are taking a greater and greater role in the day to day upbringing of their children and women are given a greater chance to thrive in the workplace,” he added.

Research last year by ICM and commissioned by the Fatherhood Institute revealed that 82 per cent of dads want to see staff employed who recognise fathers’ contributions in children’s lives.

Posted by Ross George