Almost half of men are failing to take up their right to two weeks paternity leave after the birth of their children, mainly because they cannot afford to, new research revealed today.
Two out of five men are afraid to ask for flexible working arrangements because they think it would harm their career prospects, a widespread study of 4,500 parents in Britain also showed .
The study, by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, revealed that many fathers are working long hours and struggle to balance work and family life.
Men want a more active role in caring for their children, but two in five admit they spend too little time with their sons or daughters.
Most fathers surveyed said flexible working was important when looking for a new job.
Fathers taking paternity leave are paid a statutory rate of £123 a week, but the commission argued they should receive 90% of their actual pay.