There are now more stay-at-home dadsThere are now ten times more stay-at-home dads in the UK than there were ten years ago, new research has found.

According to research conducted by Aviva, there has been an increase in the number of women who are the main breadwinners for the family, leading to more men taking primary responsibility for childcare.

Indeed, 16 per cent of couples with dependent children revealed that the main wage earner in their family is female.

Furthermore, six per cent of fathers regularly look after the kids while their wives or girlfriends worked – a ten-fold increase on figures just one decade ago.

Meanwhile, a further 18 per cent of couples with dependent children revealed they share childcare responsibilities equally.

Louise Colley, head of protection marketing for Aviva, said: “This shows how the lines of traditional roles and responsibilities are becoming blurred – it’s no longer necessarily men who look after the money and women who look after the children.”

Elsewhere, the Confederation of British Industry recently warned that the government needs to take care not to create a “bureaucratic tangle” when it comes to new paternity laws.

Posted by Cameron Thomson