Why it’s not true to say just 1% of dads have taken up shared parental leave

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The statistic includes men who weren’t eligible for SPL.

By Amy Packham

On the first anniversary of the launch of Shared Parental Leave (SPL), it has been widely reported that just 1% of dads have chosen to take it up.

However this figure, taken from research compiled by My Family Care, which helps businesses introduce family friendly ways of working, and the Women’s Business Council, has been misreported.

There were 200 employers interviewed for the research and from these companies, just 1% of male employees took up SPL. 

My Family Care has pointed out that the figure included men who didn’t have children or adopt in the last year, so would not have been eligible to take up SPL.

“It’s important to note that we have reported the figures against ALL male employees as the majority of companies were unable to tell us the size of their male populations that were eligible for Shared Parental Leave,” t

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